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Jose Mourinho Sent Off During Roma's Pre-Season Friendly Loss to Betis

Jose Mourinho was sent off during Roma's pre-season friendly
Jose Mourinho was sent off during Roma's pre-season friendly / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho was sent off during Roma's pre-season friendly defeat to Real Betis on Saturday as his side were reduced to eight men.

Mourinho was unhappy that Alex Moreno's goal was allowed to stand and was dismissed along with midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini after rushing on to the field to voice his frustration at the referee.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Moreno scored a seemingly controversial goal, using his left arm to bundle the goal over the line. The referee allowed the goal to stand which led to Mourinho protesting the decision along with his players.

Both the manager and Pellegrini were dismissed as Roma went on to implode further, with Gianluca Mancini and Rick Karsdorp also handed red cards, leaving just eight players on the pitch.

This was the third on-field confrontation the Serie A side have sparked in their last two games, and fans are hoping Mourinho's influence can spark a new era of dominance at the club. Karsdorp is one of Mourinho's new players, and insists that despite his larger than life public persona, the Roma boss is taking his role very seriously indeed.

“In the world of football, everyone knows the Special One. But I only knew him from TV and interviews,” the defender said to Il Romanista. “Now I can say that I like very much how he works, how he makes us train: the sessions are hard, but I like them so, they make me stronger.

“I like the way he talks. When I returned from the holidays, I wondered how he was, I was curious: I had only seen it on TV. He is a person who likes jokes at the right time. And this is very important for the group. But it only happens off the pitch. When we work, he is always very serious.”