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Mourinho has generally engaged fully and frankly with the media since his return to the Premier League in 2013, although bouts of refusing to show for press conferences have been a feature of his past managerial career.

Mourinho has generally engaged fully and frankly with the media since his return to the Premier League in 2013, although bouts of refusing to show for press conferences have been a feature of his past managerial career.

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Mourinho has generally engaged fully and frankly with the media since his return to the Premier League in 2013, although bouts of refusing to show for press conferences have been a feature of his past managerial career.

The Premier League will write to Jose Mourinho to seek an explanation for his current media blackout while the Chelsea manager fights a separate English Football Association charge of misconduct.

Mourinho is now understood to have informed the FA that he will deny the claim that his remarks after the 1-1 draw against Southampton had alleged or implied bias by the officials or brought the game into disrepute.

A regulatory commission will hear that case over the next week but Mourinho is also facing the possibility of a separate Premier League punishment.

Mourinho has not spoken to the media since he was charged by the FA and it is understood that he intends to continue this stance while the FA misconduct process is ongoing. This is contrary to Premier League rules, which require managers to speak to the media both before and after games.

As the FA oversees the disciplinary processes in football, it leaves the Premier League in the slightly unusual position of potentially acting against one of their competition's highest-profile characters.

They will write to Mourinho to seek his explanation and a fine or warning are among the sanctions. The final decision will be made by the Premier League's board.

PROBLEMS

Chelsea feel that Mourinho would only risk saying something that would cause further problems with the FA if he was to speak openly to the media at this time.

There is also a sense that managers have become almost discouraged to speak candidly because of the risk of FA disciplinary action, despite the expectation that they fulfil their various media commitments.

Mourinho has generally engaged fully and frankly with the media since his return to the Premier League in 2013, although bouts of refusing to show for press conferences have been a feature of his past managerial career.

Mourinho had spoken of a campaign by pundits and journalists against Chelsea on the issue of simulation but made a wider point of praising referee Anthony Taylor.

He also called for more video assistance to help the referees retrospectively overturn yellow cards.

Chelsea and Mourinho do not believe those remarks can be interpreted as an attack on the integrity of Taylor or how they brought the game into disrepute.

Cesc Fabregas, meanwhile, believes that Chelsea are over their defeat against Tottenham and the relative blip that saw Manchester City close their lead in the Premier League.

"We have recovered from the Christmas schedule," said Fabregas.

"It was tough but we feel that we had a few days to rest. Losing to Tottenham like we did was a shock, but when you watch the game again you see that every chance they had, they scored. It was one of those days."

Some of the Chelsea players have had a short break while the fixture schedule has eased but Fabregas is prepared for plenty of ups and downs in the final run-in.

"There is never complacency at Chelsea, we just want to win every game," he said. "Of course that's not possible through the season, there are many, many games.

"You can always have a bad day and things won't go your way. But we are ready. Some of us had a little break. We are just looking to move forward now." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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