Mounded by angry fans at the airport after criticizing Jose Mourinho, the referee and family took him to task after Roma’s defeat
Soccer referee Anthony Taylor was swarmed by angry fans at Budapest Airport on Thursday after Roma coach José Mourinho criticized him after his side’s Europa League final loss to Sevilla and then took him to task after the game.
Taylor was seen walking through Budapest Airport with his family a day after the game at the city’s Puskas Arena. Several videos show crowds of fans cheering and surrounding Taylor and his family. Some put their hands on Taylor.
Taylor then led his family past the crowd while some threw bottles in his direction. A person threw a chair. Several uniformed security officers then surrounded Taylor and his family and led them to a separate room.
Mourinho slams Taylor and directs him after loss
The incident was followed by heavy criticism from Mourinho, who lashed out at the referee’s line in his post-match press conference following the Roma defeat, describing a call as a “scandal”. Sevilla defeated Roma 4-1 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in extra time. Mourinho received one of 14 yellow cards issued during the game, a record for a Europa League final.
“This is a European final and with this kind of refereeing it’s hard to accept,” said Mourinho. “It’s going to be really difficult.” When we talk about refereeing situations, it’s not two or three, there are many of them. … My players earn more. And I deserve more. … I’m a little sick of being … the face that says we’ve been robbed. I’m tired of all this.”
Mourinho called Taylor by name
“The referee seemed to be a Spaniard,” Mourinho said, referring to Taylor. “The result was not fair and there are many cases that need to be re-examined.” …
“As Taylor is a great referee we hope he only referees in the Champions League and I hope his mistakes only come up in the Champions League and not the Europa League.”
Mourinho confronts Taylor in the parking garage
After the game, Mourinho was videotaped in the Puskas Arena car park and called Taylor a ‘fucking disgrace’. Taylor was reportedly in the van, which Mourinho was yelling at.
“It’s a damn shame, man. It’s a damn shame man,” Mourinho said in English before speaking another language. … “Damned. Damn crooks, man.”
Referee organization responds
Following Thursday’s airport incident, English official organization Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) issued an opinion.
“PGMOL is aware of videos circulating on social media showing Anthony Taylor and his family being harassed and abused at Budapest Airport,” the statement said. “We are appalled at the unjustified and heinous abuse inflicted on Anthony and his family as he tries to get home from the UEFA Europa League final referee. We will continue to give Anthony and his family our full support.”
Mourinho has not responded publicly since the airport incident.