Jose Mourinho fined £25,000 after secret FA hearing - and Diego Costa could soon be in trouble too
Chelsea manager punished for claiming their was a 'campaign' against his team whilst Costa could be punished for apparent stamps during Capital One Cup tie with Liverpool
Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 by the Football Association but escaped a touchline ban for his claims that there was a “campaign” against Chelsea.
The FA hearing took place in secret on Tuesday ahead of Chelsea’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool, and Mourinho was found to have been guilty of “improper conduct” for his comments about referees, however the commission decided he was not implying bias.
In a statement today, the FA said: “Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 after he was found to have breached FA rules in relation to media comments.
“The Chelsea manager denied that comments he made after the game against Southampton on 28 December 2014 constituted improper conduct in that they alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a referee or referees, and/or brought the game into disrepute.
“The independent regulatory commission found the comments were a breach of FA Rule E3 in that they were improper and brought the game into disrepute. The commission did not, however, find that the comments implied bias on the part of a referee or referees.
“Mr Mourinho, who had requested a non-personal hearing, was also warned as to his future conduct.”
The remarks were made after the defeat to Southampton on 28 December when Mourinho said that there was a “campaign” against his club. It followed the decision by referee Anthony Taylor to book Cesc Fabregas for diving rather than award him a penalty, following a foul by Southampton’s Matt Targett.
Diego Costa will find out before Saturday’s game against Manchester City whether he faces a three-match ban for violent conduct over Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg – with a FA independent commission ready to sit on Friday to hear any potential appeal.
The FA governance department has reviewed the footage this morning and will ask Michael Oliver, the match referee, whether or not he witnessed the incidents that the FA feels warrant further attention. The mood is that of Costa’s two stamps, it was the first one, on Emre Can in the first half, that is most likely to get him in trouble.
Should Oliver report that he did not witness any of the highlighted incidents, the FA would then ask the referee what punishment he would have considered necessary had he done so. That second part of the process is according to Football League rules, as it was their competition. In the equivalent disciplinary cases in the Premier League, there is a separate panel for deciding the punishment.
Under the fast-track system, the FA will either issue a charge or decide there is no case to answer by the end of today. Should there be a charge, Costa and Chelsea will have until the end of the day to decide whether they would want to accept or request a personal hearing. In that instance there would be an independent commission convened tomorrow to hear the case ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game with City.