Jose Mourinho charged with one-match touchline ban by the FA
Jose Mourinho’s verdict from the FA after his altercations with the referee during the game against Burnley has come in and the FA have released a statement regarding the same. The Portuguese was given a day to respond to the initial charges against him.
Mourinho has accepted his fate according to the latest statement and will miss the game against Swansea. He will be back in the Old Trafford dugout for the big game against Arsenal right after the international break.
He has also been charged with a fine for his actions during the game. Here is the official statement from the FA:
“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard that Mourinho accepted the comments he made on 14 October 2016 constituted improper conduct but denied they brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1).
The Commission found the disrepute element of the charge proven and as well as being fined, Mourinho was warned as to his future conduct.
Separate to this, Mourinho will serve an immediate one-match touchline ban after he admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official and accepted the standard penalty.
The incident happened in or around the tunnel area during half-time of United's game against Burnley on 30 October 2016.
As well as the suspension, the standard penalty for this breach of FA Rule E3 also includes an £8,000 fine.”
Jose Mourinho was visibly frustrated with the number of missed chances in the first half and went over the top after Darmian was not awarded a penalty. The decision was a correct one but Mourinho confronted the referee at half time in the tunnel.
As a consequence, he was sent to the stands for the remainder of the game as he saw his side drop more points at home. Manchester United have now won just once in their last six games in all competitions heading into the Europa league clash against Fenerbahce.
The Red Devils currently sit eight in the Premier League table and it might be wise for Jose to concentrate on the Europa league as it could provide an alternate route to the Champions League next season.
They should be able to get the win in Turkey after hammering them 4-1 at home, but it will be no easy task given the voracious atmosphere in Istanbul. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has traveled with the squad to Turkey and is likely to get a start after not featuring heavily this season.