Friday 20 September 2019

Misery piling for Jose Mourinho as FA, Carneiro and Pellegrini add to woes

Blues boss hit with one-match ban as Carneiro launches individual legal claim

Troubled Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho came under attack from all angles yesterday
Troubled Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho came under attack from all angles yesterday

Pete Jensen

Jose Mourinho came under attack from all angles yesterday, with the FA, Eva Carneiro and Manuel Pellegrini all adding to the beleaguered Chelsea manager's problems.

The Portuguese was handed a one-match stadium ban by the FA with immediate effect relating to his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials during his side's 2-1 defeat by West Ham United on October 24, when he was sent to the Upton Park stands during half-time after hurling abuse at referee Jon Moss and refusing to leave the officials' dressing room.

To add to his miserable day, his long-standing rival Pellegrini described his Chelsea side as "selfish" and the former team doctor Eva Carneiro launched an individual legal claim against him, following her acrimonious departure from the club.

Mourinho will be unable to attend the Premier League match at Stoke City this Saturday or to have any contact with his coaching staff. It is the second time this season Mourinho has faced sanction by the FA, having been fined £50,000 and given a suspended ban following comments after his side's fourth league defeat of the season to Southampton.

Meanwhile, in a new book, Mourinho is criticised by Pellegrini.

"It used to be said that Mourinho's Chelsea were boring. I don't think that's true at all. Chelsea are selfish not boring. It's a team that puts a lot of emphasis on what they do without the ball. And in my opinion that concept of football doesn't respect the spectacle of the game."

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