Jose Mourinho has been accused of creating an “uncomfortable situation” in Rome after ostracizing a number of players.
The Italian side were beaten 6-1 by the Bodo / Glimt minnows in the Europa Conference League last week.
An enraged Mourinho claimed after the game that his fringe players were not good enough and only had “13 players” in his squad up to par.
The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham boss has excluded Amadou Diawara, Borja Mayoral, Gonzalo Villar and Bryan Reynolds from his squad for the next two games.
They were absent from the 0-0 draw against Napoli on Sunday and were not picked up for Wednesday night’s clash with Cagliari.
Diawara’s agent hit back at Mourinho’s claims and actions in startling comments.
Daniele Piraino said Tuttomercatoweb: “I don’t understand the message he’s trying to get across.
“Has Diawara become a scapegoat?” Is he being made to pay a heavy price for a mistake? Or is it an attempt to force the club to act in the transfer market?
“If it’s for these reasons, rather than poor physical condition, or if he feels like the player is unable to understand the tactical demands of the coach, then I think Mourinho is creating an uncomfortable situation.
“It’s inexplicable but Diawara will adapt. Amadou is an exceptional professional.