EPL 2016/17: Jose Mourinho set to drag Arsene Wenger in the 'bottle kicking' incident hearing
Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the FA due to the bottle kicking incident after which he was sent off to the stands in Manchester United's draw against West Ham United. The Portuguese is already under a lot of pressure as United are currently facing their worst ever league start in 27 years.
However, not surprisingly, it is now being reported that Jose Mourinho is set to appeal against the FA's decision and is going to drag Arsene Wenger into this issue.
United manager has time until 6pm GMT on Thursday to appeal against the FA's charge and he might be banned for up to three matches if found guilty. Mourinho is rumoured to bring up a certain case from the past which includes Arsene Wenger to help his cause to avoid further punishment.
The Arsenal boss was sent off for a similar incident when he kicked a water bottle in their match at Old Trafford in 2009.
Referee of that game in 2009 Mike Dean consulted fourth official Lee Probert before sending Wenger to the stands. The Frenchman was frustrated after Robin van Persie scored a late equaliser but was ruled offside. Surprisingly, Wenger was not charged with misconduct but instead received an apology from referee chief Keith Hackett as he deemed that the Frenchman's sending off was inappropriate and a bit over the top.
According to Daily Star, Jose Mourinho feels that he is being a victim of double standards from the FA and he has insisted his legal team to use this case to his advantage. Earlier this month Mourinho had expressed that he does not get the same respect as his counterparts.
Though it is being said that the Premier League had held talks with all the 20 managers before the start of this season, making it clear that kicking a water bottle will result in an automatic suspension. However, Mourinho wants the FA to use the same common sense that they applied during 2009 to be used in his case.
This is the third FA misconduct charge that has been imposed on Mourinho in just a month. Earlier during United's game against Burnley, he was sent to the stands and had also been fined £50,000 for his comments on referee Anthony Taylor.
He had also received a one-match ban after the match which means that Mourinho's antics against West Ham will be held as a 'non-standard' charge which means that the independent regulatory commission now has the right to impose him a heavier punishment. If the charges are proved against the United manager, Mourinho will miss the games against Spurs, West Brom and Crystal Palace.