Roma accuse Bodo/Glimt manager of 'physically attacking' their goalkeeping coach, opponents retort with video claim

Roma accuse Bodo/Glimt manager of 'physically attacking' their goalkeeping coach, opponents retort with video claim
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On Thursday, Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt shocked AS Roma once again, defeating Jose Mourinho's side 2-1 in the first leg UEFA Europa Conference League quarter-final. When the same teams faced each other in the group stage, Roma were battered 6-1.

There's little surprise, then, that tempers flared after the game, although Mourinho was not at the centre of the controversy.

Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini claimed that Bodo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen 'physically attacked' the opponents' goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos after the game.

"It’s really sad, because behaviour like this is an insult to Roma, to the players and the staff. It is shameful," Pellegrini told Sky Italia.

Bodo/Glimt, however, have contested these claims by saying that it was Nuno Santos who assaulted Knutsen first.

"Roma’s behaviour is not just a physical attack on Kjetil Knutsen. It is a systematic attack on Glimt’s values. As a small club, we can not stand with a hat in hand and accept such behaviour," the club said in an official statement.

"Roma is bombarding the media with lies to hide their unsportsmanlike behaviour. Glimt knows that there is a video of the incident, which shows the attack on Knutsen from representatives of Roma’s staff.

"The club has seen this video. We demand that the public have access to this video owned by UEFA."

In any case, the Norwegian police have already interviewed every party to the incident. It's not yet known who'll be deemed the perpetrator.

The return leg will take place next Thursday, April 14 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Source: Football Italia