Saturday 10 December 2016

Jose Mourinho could face potential stadium ban

Published 30/10/2016 | 10:57

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (top C) gestures and shouts in the Directors Box after being sent off. Photo: AFP
Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (top C) gestures and shouts in the Directors Box after being sent off. Photo: AFP

Jose Mourinho could face a potential stadium ban following his misconduct during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

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The United manager was sent to the stands for the second half of the game after confronting referee Mark Clattenburg during the half-time break.

Mourinho allegedly questioned Clattenburg over his decision not to award United a penalty for Matteo Darmian’s altercation with Jon Flanagan in the Burnley box.

Following their conversation, Mourinho was not allowed back into the dugout and eventually moved to the directors’ box after being told he couldn’t sit in the front row.

Mourinho will have to wait for Clattenburg to file his report from Saturday’s match before any retrospective action is taken, but the United manager could face the prospect of a stadium ban.

The flashpoint marks the latest controversy in the manager’s career. 

Mourinho currently faces one charge of misconduct from the Football Association with regards to comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor prior to United’s game against Liverpool on October 17.

In Mourinho’s absence, assistant coach Rui Faria took charge from the sidelines.

Faria led United’s post-match press conference, during which he said: “I don't know why he was sent off and I don't think it was important. I think what is important is what the referee will write in his report. I can't give you more details.

Asked about their communication in the second half of the game, he added: “To be fair we normally define situations according to the details of the match. Sometimes a detail is important.”

The fiery Portuguese has a long history of touchline misconduct, having been punished 13 times for his antics throughout his career as a manager.

Mourinho's first punishment in England came in January 2005 when he was fined £5,000 after claiming Alex Ferguson had unduly influenced the referee during a League Cup semi-final.

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