Mourinho’s refereeing woes: AS Roma coach wants Totti return to protect him from bans

Jose Mourinho is keen to see AS Roma icon Francesco Totti return to the club in a new capacity, working as an intermediary who would defend the Giallorossi in post-match interviews.

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AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho is keen to see club legend Francesco Totti return to the Stadio Olimpico in a brand new capacity, aimed at combatting the former’s increasing number of suspensions from the touchline.

As reported by La Repubblica, Mourinho would like former captain Totti to work as an intermediary between the squad and the media, particularly in the immediate aftermath of controversial match decisions.

The Portuguese tactician has requested that Roma bring Totti back into the fold and allow him to operate as the voice of the club, connecting supporters and discussing refereeing decisions in place of Mourinho.

Francesco Totti. (@ASRomaEN)

Why has Mourinho faced so many suspensions?

Mourinho has never been shy in courting controversy, with the former Real Madrid coach missing the opening two matches of the Serie A season after being slapped with a ban for heavily criticising referee Daniele Chiffi following Roma‘s 1-1 draw with Monza in May.

He is also serving a four-match suspension in the Europa League after blasting the performance of Anthony Taylor during the Giallorossi’s penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla in last season’s final.

Mourinho feels that he has often been left to defend the club by himself and has launched a series of stinging attacks on the standard of refereeing in Serie A, landing him in hot water and leading to multiple suspensions over his two full seasons at the club.

Jose Mourinho being escorted away after being sent off. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Totti to return to AS Roma?

Despite his immense popularity amongst the Stadio Olimpico faithful, not even Mourinho comes close to matching the affection and adulation Totti enjoys.

The ex-attacker spent his entire career with the Lupi, scoring 307 goals in 783 appearances and captaining the club to the Serie A title in 2001, establishing himself as Roma‘s greatest-ever player.

Upon retirement in 2017, the former Italy Men’s National Team player and 2006 World Cup winner took up a position as a director with Roma, but fell out with former President Jim Pallotta and exited the club two years later.

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