Jose Mourinho sent off in Roma's pre-season defeat against Real Betis
- Mourinho was sent to the dressing room alongside Lorenzo Pellegrini for storming onto the pitch to contest a decision
- Roma finished the game with just 8 players on the pitch
- Real Betis won the game 5-2
There is no such thing as a friendly match in Jose Mourinho’s dictionary and the new Roma boss proved this as a fact when he received a red card in the pre-season defeat against La Liga side Real Betis on Saturday.
Mourinho is never shy in sharing his opinions, but this time, the referee deemed it over the line and he was sent to the dressing room alongside Lorenzo Pellegrini for storming onto the pitch to contest a decision.
Roma finished the game with just 8 players on the pitch as they were handed a 5-2 defeat by Betis.
The incident happened when the game was tied at 2-2. Alex Moreno found himself with the goal at his mercy after a defensive howler by Roger Ibanez, but the Spaniard slipped as he went for the ball and ended up rolling it over the line in a bizarre manner.
The Roma players swarmed the referee with Mourinho joining his team in the effort to convince the official that Moreno had used his left arm in his effort. The referee refused to disallow the effort and all hell broke loose on the pitch. Pellegrini and Mourinho were sent off and it proved catastrophic for the team.
Two further players, Gianluca Mancini and Rick Karsdop, also saw red to leave the Italians with eight on the pitch, while Betis took full advantage to net two further goals and thrash their adversaries 5-2.
It was the third time this pre-season that Roma players were involved in an on-pitch confrontation so fans can expect a lot more of these from the firebrand coach and his team.