“I just did what my instincts told me to do”
AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho opened his mouth about stopping fans’ racist behavior against the opposing manager in the match against Sampdoria on the 3rd (Korean time).
AS Roma won 3-0 in their home match against Sampdoria in the 28th round of Serie A at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on the 3rd.
On this day, what became a hot topic more than Roma’s great victory was the scene where ‘Special One’ Mourinho stopped the home fans’ racist song with a single gesture.
In the 7th minute of the second half, immediately after Jason Murillo’s red card, coach Dejan Stankovic protested vehemently to the referee. In response, Roma home fans began singing racist chants related to Serbia, Stankovic’s nationality.
Then Mourinho came off the bench and raised his hand towards the home fans stand, asking for restraint. Surprisingly, the Roma fans responded immediately. As the song subsided, Mourinho raised his thumb to thank him, and Stankovic raised his hand on Mourinho’s chest as a gesture of thanks. This scene was transmitted to fans around the world through TV relay cameras. 메이저놀이터
Mourinho and Stankovic have a special relationship. In the 2009-2010 season, he was with Inter Milan and achieved a treble.
In response to a post-match question, Mourinho said: “Dejan doesn’t have to thank me. I’ve been insulted so many times in so many different ways. I put up a protective wall around myself and Dejan did exactly the same. I did that for a great friend. He also has kids and has a family. Anyway, it’s not good for families at home.” “I followed my instincts. Our fans are great. But Dejan is my friend and I shouldn’t touch him,” he insisted.
Coach Stankovic also thanked Mourinho through Football Italy after the match. “Thanks Jose. Without him I wouldn’t have noticed,” he said. “But for the chants about Serbia, I’m proud of my roots, proud that I’m a gypsy.”