After Roma's defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final, English referee Anthony Taylor and his family were harassed by a group of Giallorossi fans at the Budapest airport. Sevilla defeated Roma on penalties to win a record-extending seventh Europa League title on Thursday. Roma manager Jose Mourinho was also seen directing a series of expletives toward Taylor in the car parking. There are several footages that emerged on social media where chairs and bottles were thrown at his family at the Budapest airport.
In the final, Taylor dished out 14 yellow cards. It is the most ever in a Europa League game and played almost 30 minutes of stoppage time in total. After the match, Mourinho said, "The referee seemed Spanish".
"It was an intense, vibrant game with a referee who seemed Spanish. It was yellow, yellow, yellow all the time," Mourinho said.
Roma and Mourinho lost on penalties to Sevilla. Mourinho gave a rousing post-match speech on the pitch before thanking the army of Roma fans who made it to Budapest. His message was one of pride, which is what he has restored at Roma, a team that has one of Italy's largest, most passionate fan bases but hasn't won many titles since being founded in 1927.
Mourinho's comments, and calling referee Anthony Taylor a "disgrace" in the Puskas Arena's car park for not awarding Roma a second-half penalty for handball, were lapped up by supporters who in the Portuguese manager see their representative in the dugout. The Roma fans were seen harassing Anthony Taylor and his family at the airport during their departure from Budapest. This is not passion, this is just the failure of their respective team.
The handball was controversial but still, Roma did nothing after scoring first. It was only Sevilla, Sevilla, and Sevilla all over the match. They were giving their best. The mentality was there and they clinched a European title after finishing 11th in La Liga. Sevilla will play Champions League next season and they deserved that. This is just not acceptable about the recent incidents which are affecting this beautiful game. Racial slurs, the Euro Final clash between England and Italy fans, and now this type of harassment, it's just not looking good. UEFA & FIFA have to take some strict decisions otherwise it will continue.