Lazio have hit out at Roma boss Jose Mourinho in an explosive statement published on the club’s website questioning the Portuguese’s professionalism.
Mourinho had a sly dig at Lazio and the officials in the aftermath of his side’s 0-0 draw against Bologna in typical Mourinho fashion, pointing out that Lazio's winner against Spezia was offside and that it should not have stood.
(Translated from Italian to English using Google translate) “The fact that in 2022 a coach of another team, during his press conferences, repeatedly refers to presumed referee favors to competing teams and that, at the same time, some national sports journalists, of declared footballing faith, are fervent about the same argument, forgetting their professional role and the duty of impartiality, demonstrates some things:
“that Lazio is obsessively in their thoughts more than other coveted professional goals; that, as often happens, one looks into other people's homes to divert attention from missed results and sensational episodes that have occurred in one's own home, in one's favor, under the eyes of all; that despite the need to evolve the image of football in Italy, some players are stuck with the constant repetition of the accusations against the referees and the VAR; that these offensive attitudes towards the referee category and the lack of journalistic objectivity are too often overlooked.” read part of the statement.
It didn’t stop there, however, as the statement went on to say that the club don’t comment on decisions taken on the pitch, followed by mentions of two specific incidents that Lazio feel went against them:
“The Company's line continues to be that of not discussing the decisions taken on the pitch, even when it comes to obvious episodes that occurred to the detriment of the Biancoceleste team, such as Tonali's foul on Acerbi in Lazio-Milan on the occasion of the goal or the elbow in Ibanez area on Milinkovic in the return derby, just to name two even if we have many others, also in Spezia-Lazio.”