Sunday 15 September 2019

FA charge for Chelsea coach but Mourinho escapes with a warning

Stewards hold back Jose Mourinho. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Stewards hold back Jose Mourinho. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

James Ducker

The English Football Association (FA) have reminded Jose Mourinho of his responsibilities as manager of Manchester United following his furious touchline bust-up with Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni on Saturday.

Mourinho reacted angrily to Ianni's apparent goading after the Italian celebrated provocatively in front of him after Ross Barkley's 96th-minute goal secured a dramatic 2-2 draw for Chelsea. Mourinho had to be restrained from chasing Ianni down the tunnel.

Ianni has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond to a charge of improper conduct while both clubs have received official reminders about the expected behaviour of their staff and players in the technical area.

Mourinho has until 6pm tomorrow to respond to a separate incident at the end of United's 3-2 win over Newcastle after being charged with using abusive, insulting or improper language for reputedly swearing into a television camera.

Maurizio Sarri apologised to Mourinho and Ianni was later sent to do the same.

Ianni is also facing the prospect of internal disciplinary action from Chelsea but Mourinho called for some perspective after Phil Neville suggested Ianni should be sacked.


"I want to thank Sarri for his honesty, I want to thank Chelsea for its honesty, too," Mourinho said. "I don't think he (Ianni) deserves more than what he got. He apologised to me, I accept his apologies.

"I think he deserves a second chance, I don't think he deserves to be sacked, I don't think he deserves anything more than the fact his club was strong with him and he went through a situation where in the end he recognises he was wrong.

"So I hope everybody does the same as I did, which is not to disturb a career of a young guy, probably a great guy, probably a coach of great potential.

"With me it is 'end of story' in the minute he apologised to me. But I would really like the boy not to go through more than that. Let him work.

"Everybody makes mistakes. I made lots of mistakes. I hope they let the kid go on."

Meanwhile, Mourinho dismissed talk of a return to Real Madrid despite reports that there could soon be a vacancy at the Bernabeu after a poor start under new boss Julen Lopetegui.

"No, I am happy here," said Mourinho, who managed the Spanish giants from 2010 to 2013.

"All I am thinking about at the moment is Manchester United."

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