Jose Mourinho’s latest falling out at Roma leads to boycott from radio station
Roma boss Jose Mourinho vented his frustration at a journalist as being “not intelligent at all” leading the radio station to boycott the Portuguese’s press conferences
Italian radio station Retesport have moved to boycott press conferences held by Roma boss Jose Mourinho in ‘solidarity’ with a journalist criticised by the manager.
The Portuguese boss is typically fiery in press conferences when his side are not enjoying positive results on the pitch and his Roma outfit have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions.
Sunday’s defeat at newly-promoted Venezia in Serie A continued their slump in form which most damningly of all saw Roma crashing to a humiliating 6-1 defeat against Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League.
The heavy defeat in northern Norway led to a familiar Mourinho tactic where he attempted to shift blame onto the players.
Yet the weekend loss in Venice saw him hit out at a journalist whom he accused of being “not intelligent at all” – which has now led to the radio station announcing an indefinite boycott on Mourinho events.
Retesport journalist Marco Juric asked the Roma boss: “It’s been six months since you signed for Roma.
“Would you change anything that you’ve done in terms of choices, statements, requests or anything that you’ve done?”
Mourinho was left enraged by the question and fired back at the reporter : “You are here in practically every press conference, but either you are very intelligent, and you want people to think you are not or you are not intelligent at all.
“I want to think you’re intelligent, but you like to do what you do.”
Retesport released a statement in which they have confirmed they will no longer be sending reporters to Roma press conferences.
The statement read: “In expressing solidarity with Marco Juric regarding the unpleasant and inappropriate response received from Mr Jose Mourinho in the press room last Saturday.
“Retesport have decided to suspend its participation in press conferences in order to avoid further exploitation of questions posed in a polite and completely legitimate manner.
“We wish the Giallorossi coach to work harder and harder in raising the fortunes of the team.
“And to focus his attention on possible technical solutions, avoiding spectacular outbursts that, at this moment, we consider completely inappropriate.
“Always Forza Roma.”
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The loss at Venezia means Roma have slipped to sixth in Serie A with just four points from their last five matches in the division following recent losses against Juventus and Milan.
While the Giallorossi still occupy a European qualification spot, just three points separate six teams in the Italian top-flight – from Roma down to Empoli, in the bottom half of the standings.
On Sunday, Roma managed an eye-catching 27 shots on goal but could only manage to find the net twice as Venezia struck late on.