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Other than his charge, Mourinho has also been issued with a formal warning for calling on referee Neil Swarbrick to produce a strong performance in the game against Stoke City on December 22.

Other than his charge, Mourinho has also been issued with a formal warning for calling on referee Neil Swarbrick to produce a strong performance in the game against Stoke City on December 22.

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Other than his charge, Mourinho has also been issued with a formal warning for calling on referee Neil Swarbrick to produce a strong performance in the game against Stoke City on December 22.

Jose Mourinho has gagged himself after being charged by the English Football Association for claiming there is a "campaign" to influence referees after Chelsea's draw with Southampton.

Chelsea manager Mourinho has until 6.00 on Tuesday to respond to the charge and has ducked out of today's weekly press conference to avoid getting into more trouble.

Assistant first-team coach Steve Holland will instead field questions on Chelsea's Premier League game against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge and it remains to be seen whether Mourinho gives any post-match comments.

Other than his charge, Mourinho has also been issued with a formal warning for calling on referee Neil Swarbrick to produce a strong performance in the game against Stoke City on December 22. Chelsea and Mourinho believe he was led into those comments by a specific line of questioning from reporters.

Mourinho employed a similar tactic of silencing himself while under charge last season, during which he was fined a total of £26,000 by the FA for three separate incidents. The independent commission who look at Mourinho's case this time could take his list of run-ins with the authorities into account when they consider a punishment and the Portuguese could even be handed a touchline ban.

Mourinho was fined £8,000 after being sent to the stands against Cardiff and admitting a charge of improper conduct, and was hit with the same penalty and warned about his future conduct after being sent off in last season's defeat by Aston Villa.

The FA increased Mourinho's fine to £10,000 for this third offence of the season.

Irish Independent