Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini claims Bodo/Glimt coach Kjetil Knutsen ‘attacked’ the Serie A side’s goalkeeping coach Nuno Gomes at the end of the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference.
The Norwegian minnows again earned the notable scalp of the Italian heavyweights on Thursday with a 2-1 win at home and are now unbeaten in three meetings for Jose Mourinho’s side this season.
They had fallen behind when Pellegrini opened the scoring but bounced back in style and saw an 89th-minute effort from Hugo Vetlesen spark scenes of wild celebration.
What was said?
Emotions were still running high as both teams returned to the locker room, with Pellegrini accusing Knutsen of taking things too far as tempers began to boil.
He said Sky Sport Italy“Something really bad just happened. The changing rooms are opposite and Knutsen started to say something to our coach and then attacked.
“It’s an unpleasant act for the competition and fair play. We’re sorry because we came here with respect, but such acts are an insult to Rome and to the competition. It’s a shame.”
Reports in Italy suggest Norwegian police questioned Knutsen, Gomes and the players who witnessed the incident before the two sides set off.
UEFA are currently investigating the alleged post-match physical altercation, while Roma have issued a official statement deal with the incident.
“AS Roma announces that, on Thursday evening, at the end of the match, the Club’s managers and certain members of the technical staff remained inside the Aspmyra stadium until 00:45, with the sole purpose of providing the UEFA and local authorities full details of what happened in the area outside the dressing rooms after the match,” the statement read.
“The club has full confidence in the work of UEFA and its bodies to ensure that the responsibilities for the incident are precisely established, which have already been reminded in great detail to all the representatives of the competent institutions present. on the spot.
“Finally, AS Roma emphasizes that it has always practiced conduct that respects the principles of fair play and the values of sport on and off the pitch: the same principles that we hope will prevail in the second leg. .”
The bigger picture
Roma now have everything to do in the second leg of their continental round of 16, with Bodo/Glimt set to travel to the Stadio Olimpico next Thursday.
Mourinho, who endured a trip to Norway to forget previously suffering a 6-1 loss to the same opposition in October 2021, remains confident his side can prevail.