A.S. Roma fans harass ref after Europa League final loss to Sevilla
Italian soccer team A.S. Roma fans have been caught on camera harassing English referee Anthony Taylor and his family at Budapest International Airport after the club was eliminated from the Europa League final. The video footage shows fans chanting and hurling insults at the referee and deploying a barstool launch in his direction. Taylor, who was visibly shaken, tried to protect his family while guards in bright orange vests struggled to hold the fans back. A.S. Roma has been charged by UEFA for their fans’ behaviour, which included object throwing and fireworks, as well as their coach José Mourinho, who was filmed aggressively cursing at Taylor in a parking garage after the game. Sevilla, who won the Europa League for the seventh time, was charged for its fans’ behaviour. UEFA has pledged to review its operations to protect match officials.
What happened at the airport?
A.S. Roma fans harassed English referee Anthony Taylor and his family after their club was eliminated from the Europa League final. Video footage shows fans chanting and hurling insults at the referee and even deploying a barstool launch in his direction.
What were the charges levied?
A.S. Roma and Sevilla were charged with improper conduct, which is activated for receiving at least five yellow cards shown. A.S. Roma’s coach José Mourinho was charged with “insulting/abusive language against a match official” after he was filmed cursing at Taylor in a parking garage after the game.
What is UEFA doing to protect match officials?
Following the incident with Taylor and his family and Mourinho’s tirade in the parking garage, UEFA has pledged to review its operations to protect match officials. The league said in a statement that it is “constantly striving to enhance the security measures for officials in coordination with local authorities.”
After losing the Europa League final to Sevilla, the referee is harassed by fans of A.S. Roma
Fans of Italian soccer team A.S. Roma harassed English referee Anthony Taylor and his family at Budapest International Airport after the club was eliminated from the Europa League final in a shootout this week, according to video footage. Fans surrounded Taylor and his family, chanting insults and hurling abuse, while others filmed the event on their phones. Airport security attempted to hold the mob back amid the chaos, but one fan launched a barstool at the referee and his family. Roma was defeated by Sevilla 4-1 in penalties on Wednesday, after the match finished 1-1 following extra time in the Hungarian capital. The behavior of both sets of fans is now being investigated by UEFA.