Europa League Final: Referee Anthony Taylor and family harassed by Roma fans at Budapest airport


According to a video posted on the Gazzetta dello Sport website on Thursday, angry Roma supporters insulted Europa League final referee Anthony Taylor and his family and tossed a chair at them at the Budapest airport, forcing them to be taken out by security.

Taylor has been criticised heavily for Roma’s penalty shootout loss to Sevilla in the final on Wednesday. In his post-match press conference, Roma manager Jose Mourinho slammed the referee and then was spotted criticising Taylor with a series of expletives in the garage of the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, as the team prepared to leave the stadium.

The English top-tier soccer’s referees association said in a statement that it “is aware of videos circulating on social media showing Anthony Taylor and his family being harassed and abused at Budapest Airport.”

The statement added, “We are appalled at the unjustified and abhorrent abuse directed at Anthony and his family as he tries to make his way home from refereeing the UEFA Europa League final.” It also added that they will continue to provide their full support to Anthony and his family.

UEFA is now waiting for the match referee’s report.