An Italian radio station said it would no longer send journalists to José Mourinho’s press conferences after Roma head coach gave an “obnoxious and inappropriate” response to one of its reporters.
Mourinho, 58, is already under considerable pressure in Rome after a sluggish start to the season in Serie A.
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’re here in pretty much every press conference, but either you’re very smart and you want people to think you’re not, or you’re not smart at all. I want to think you’re smart but you like to do what you do.
In response, Retesport, a local radio station in Rome, issued a statement in which they said they would “suspend their participation in press conferences” to avoid further “rampages” from Mourinho.
The statement read: “Retesport, in expressing its solidarity with Marco Juric regarding the unpleasant and inappropriate response received from Mr. José Mourinho in the press room last Saturday, has decided to suspend participation in press conferences, to avoid any further manipulation questions which are perfectly legitimate and asked in a polite manner.
“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 explosions which we currently consider to be totally inappropriate.”
Minnows Venezia came back 2-1 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.