Tuesday 20 March 2018

Chelsea fume at Jose Mourinho stadium 'ban'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban

Chris Bascombe

Chelsea are furious with the FA after Jose Mourinho received a suspended one-match stadium ban for claiming referees were "afraid" to give decisions in favour of his team.

Mourinho was also fined £50,000 after pleading guilty to an FA charge of misconduct, which has increased the feeling inside Chelsea that their manager gets harshly dealt with while others, namely Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, go unpunished.

Chelsea and Mourinho anticipated an FA fine, but were astonished by the suspended stadium ban. The FA has punished only one Premier League manager with a stadium ban, when Alan Pardew was sanctioned for head-butting David Meyler in March 2014.

Mourinho's stadium ban will be immediately enforced if he is found guilty of another breach of FA rules relating to comments made to or through the media before October 13, 2016. He would then be prevented from entering any stadium in which Chelsea played for one game, denying him the right to take charge of the side or deliver a team talk.

While Chelsea will not comment on Mourinho's punishment until they have seen the FA's written reasons, the view at Stamford Bridge is that it is one rule for their manager and another for others, in particular Wenger.

Mourinho has now paid out a total of £101,000 in fines since returning to Chelsea in 2013 and this is his fifth sanction from the FA.

The FA is likely to have considered Mourinho's previous misdemeanours when deciding on his punishment this time around, although Chelsea argue he has not made any comments that have warranted attention from the governing body since alleging a "campaign" against the club in January.

Elsewhere, Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.


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