English referee Anthony Taylor and his household have been confronted by a gaggle of Roma followers at Budapest Airport after the Italian aspect’s defeat by Sevilla within the Europa League remaining.
Clips on social media present Taylor and his household being ushered out of a restaurant and right into a safe space by airport safety after supporters hounded the referee following an ill-tempered remaining on Wednesday night.
The clips on Twitter present a chair and bottle being thrown within the route of Taylor and his group, which included two females.
The English referees physique PGMOL stated in an announcement it was “conscious of movies circulating on social media displaying Anthony Taylor and his household being harassed and abused at Budapest Airport”.
They stated: “We’re appalled on the unjustified and abhorrent abuse directed at Anthony and his household as he tries to make his manner dwelling from refereeing the UEFA Europa League remaining. We are going to proceed to supply our full assist to Anthony and his household.”
Sky Sports activities Information has additionally contacted UEFA for remark.
Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand stated on Twitter: “I hope Anthony Taylor and his household are okay after that b*******.
“How has he been left to stroll with out safety? All the authorities have to start out pondering worst-case eventualities, the best way issues are.
“These thugs must be held accountable asap.”
In an announcement provided to Sky Information, Budapest Airport stated an Italian citizen concerned within the incident was “apprehended by the police and legal proceedings have been initiated on costs of affray”.
It added: “Followers of the shedding Roma workforce recognised the referee within the meals courtroom of the airport, the place he was ready for his flight to depart.
“Because of the airport operator’s shut cooperation with the police and the elevated police presence on the airport in the course of the arrival and departure of the followers, the authorities intervened instantly, and the referee was escorted to a lounge and boarded his flight safely, accompanied by cops.
“Budapest Airport and the police want to make it clear that there’s zero tolerance in the direction of violence of any type in the direction of passengers or workers working on the airport.”
Sevilla gained on penalties to sentence Roma supervisor Jose Mourinho to his first defeat in a European remaining after a match which noticed Premier League referee Taylor dish out 14 yellow playing cards, essentially the most ever in a Europa League sport, and play virtually half-hour of stoppage time in whole.
After the sport, footage that has been shared broadly on social media confirmed Mourinho directing a string of expletives in the direction of the officers within the automobile park, labelling their efficiency a “shame”.
UEFA are ready on the referee’s match report earlier than deciding whether or not to take any motion in opposition to Mourinho.
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher praised Taylor’s efficiency, telling Sky Sports activities Information on Thursday: “I do not assume he may’ve completed something totally different.
“He was examined over and time and again. In every kind of manners, bodily and mentally.”