AS Roma owner James Pallotta has been banned by UEFA for criticizing referee, according to Sky Sports.
Roma owner has been suspended for three months by the European Football governing body for criticism of the referee after his team’s second-leg semi-final Champions League tie against Liverpool last season.
Pallotta publicly criticized the central officials of the game calling his officiating embarrassing while also saying the ref cost Roma an appearance in the final.
Roma defeated Liverpool 4-2 that night at the Stadio Olimpico but lost the tie 7-6 on aggregate as Liverpool qualified for the final in Kiev.
The Roma supremo also claimed that the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in that game would have overturned a number of decisions made in favor of Liverpool.
The suspension was handed which was served by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary board (CEDB) to Pallotta, ensures that the club owner can’t communicate with members of his technical staff and players or enter the club’s technical area in a competitive UEFA fixture for the next three months.
Pallotta has also been banned from entering the team’s dressing room before or during a competitive UCL game.
Roma will be involved in this season’s Champions League after finishing third in the Serie A last season.
The club will begin their UCL campaign on September 18 or 19.