JOSE MOURINHO has been slammed by Lazio after making reference to their winning goal against Spezia over the weekend.
The Roma manager was left fuming after his side’s drab 0-0 draw at home to Bologna mathematically ruled them out of top four contention.
Jose Mourinho fumed after his side’s poor resultCredit: Getty
The Portuguese was unhappy with Francesco Acerbi’s late winner for Lazio against SpeziaCredit: EPA
Mourinho’s side fell to sixth over the weekend, after rivals Lazio won 4-3 at Spezia courtesy of Francesco Acerbi’s dramatic last minute winner.
The Portuguese felt that Acerbi’s goal had been offside, and brought it up after his own team’s under-par performance.
He said: “Another thing that never changes is that 22 years ago, you could win a match with a goal that is offside and you can still do it today.
“Yesterday, a team won a match with a goal that was offside.”
The 59-year-old’s comments clearly fired up Lazio, who responded in an unusual club statement.
They wrote: “The fact that in 2022, an opposing coach repeatedly mentions other clubs and presumed referee errors and that, at the same time, journalists of proven football faith get worked up about the same matter, forgetting about their professional role and impartiality, proves two things.
“That Lazio is obsessively in their thoughts, more than other ambitious targets and that, as it usually happens, they look at someone else’s home to divert attention from failings or incredible incidents, in their favour, that occurred under everyone’s noses.
“Despite the necessity to evolve the image of Italian football, some protagonists are stuck to accusing VAR and referees and too many times, lack of respect towards officials and lack of journalistic objectivity aren’t enough considered.
“Lazio can’t accept criticism and institutions and believe that values are proven on the pitch, not on TV.
“Lazio will never be the excuse for somebody else or a scapegoat and will take action in the appropriate forums.
“The club continue to avoid comments on decisions taken on the pitch, even when incidents against us occur.
“That’s the case of Sandro Tonali’s foul on Francesco Acerbi in Lazio vs Milan or Roger Ibanez’s elbow on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the return leg derby, just to name two.
“Decisive episodes which we didn’t comment on, out of respect for referees and VAR, respect that others don’t have.”
Lazio currently sit fifth in the Serie A table on 59 points, ahead of Roma on goal difference.
Neither can qualify for the Champions League, and they are also not assured of booking their places in the Europa League next season.
They both sit just four points above eighth-placed Atalanta in the standings, with the Bergamo side possessing a game in hand.
Roma host Leicester on Thursday night in the second leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final – having drawn 1-1 at the King Power last week.
Mourinho will do battle with Brendan Rodgers on Thursday nightCredit: PA