An Italian radio station has announced that it will no longer send journalists to Jose Mourinho’s press conferences after the Roma head coach gave an “unpleasant and inappropriate” response to one of his reporters.
Mourinho, 58, is already under considerable pressure at Roma after a sluggish start to the Serie A season.
And, ahead of Roma’s 3-2 loss to Venezia on Sunday, Mourinho reacted angrily to a question from Marco Juric, accusing the Retesport reporter of “not being smart”.
Juric also works for Sky Sport Italia.
Mourinho said: “You are here in practically every press conference, but either you are very smart and you want people to think you are not, or you are not smart at all. I have want to think you’re smart but you like doing what you do.
In response, Retesport, a local radio station in Rome, released a statement in which they said they would “suspend their participation in press conferences” to avoid further “outbursts” from Mourinho.
The statement said: “Retesport, expressing its solidarity with Marco Juric regarding the unpleasant and inappropriate response received from Mr. Jose Mourinho in the press room last Saturday, has decided to suspend participation in press conferences, to avoid any further manipulation of questions that are perfectly legitimate and asked politely.
“We hope that coach Giallorossi will work harder and harder to increase the fortunes of the team and focus his attention on possible technical solutions, avoiding spectacular outbursts that we consider at this moment to be totally inappropriate.”
Minnows Venezia came from 2-1 down to sink Mourinho’s Roma.
Roma have won just one of their last seven games and remain 12 points behind leaders Napoli in Serie A.