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01st Jun 2023

Gary Neville deletes tweet after hitting out at Roma and José Mourinho

Callum Boyle

Gary Neville

Mourinho came in for criticism for his touchline antics at the Europa League final

Gary Neville has deleted a tweet in which he appeared to criticise Roma and José Mourinho for their behaviour at the Europa League final.

For the first time in his life, Mourinho was on the losing end of a European final for the first time in his managerial career.

Roma were beaten by Europa League kings Sevilla on penalties after the two couldn’t be separated in normal or extra time. The win meant Sevilla were crowned winners of UEFA’s second tier competition for a record seventh time.

Mourinho, his coaching staff and the playing squad were visibly angry with referee Anthony Taylor throughout the game, with the former Chelsea boss earning his customary yellow card in extra time.

He continued his outburst in his press conference, saying: “Each of us react in a different way, one cries another doesn’t, but the truth is we are all very sad. We return dead tired, dead with feeling it is unjust.

“It was an intense, masculine, vibrant game with a referee who seemed Spanish. It was yellow, yellow, yellow all the time.

“What I said is we either leave here with the cup or we leave dead. Well, we’re dead. We’re dead tired physically, dead tired mentally, dead because we think it is an unjust defeat with lots of incidents that are debatable.”

After the game, Mourinho was filmed in the car park shouting at Taylor and on Thursday morning, Neville tweeted his thoughts about the 60-year-old only to swiftly delete hours later.

He said: “Roma were a disgrace,” before removing the comment and has yet to say anything else about the game since.

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