Monday 20 November 2017

Comment: Bilic will escape ban for throwing microphone - so why does Mourinho get punished for kicking a bottle?

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is expected to be hit with an £8,000 fine, rather than a touchline ban. Photo: Reuters

Matt Law

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is set to escape a touchline ban for throwing a microphone in a move that will further infuriate Jose Mourinho.

Bilic has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for flinging a microphone to the ground and being sent to the stands in Saturday's draw with West Brom.

But Bilic is expected to be hit with the standard punishment of an £8,000 fine, rather than a touchline ban, even though Manchester United manager Mourinho was given a one-game suspension earlier this season for kicking a water bottle.

Mourinho has already complained that he is treated differently by the authorities to other managers such as Arsene Wenger and Jürgen Klopp, but his punishment was as a result of previous bad behaviour.

The FA looks at cases on a standard and non-standard basis, depending on whether the manager in question is a repeat offender over a 12-month period.

Mourinho was handed the standard punishment of an £8,000 fine plus the non-standard one-game ban for kicking a water bottle in the draw with West Ham because he had already been sent from the touchline against Burnley.

Bilic can expect only the £8,000 fine as he is not judged to have been a repeat offender over the past year.

Mourinho has previously been angered that Wenger, the Arsenal manager, got away with a touchline ban for pushing the fourth official and Liverpool's Klopp was allowed to scream in the face of a fourth official.

On what he feels are double standards, Mourinho earlier this month said: "You know clearly that I am different. The rules for me are different.

"I watch my team play in a hotel, I was forbidden to go to the stadium, my assistant (Rui Faria) had a six-match stadium ban and he didn't touch anyone. . . everything is different for me."

As well as Bilic, West Ham assistant manager Nikola Jurcevic has been charged with misconduct for confronting the assistant referee during the West Brom game over a goal that was disallowed, an incident for which he was sent from the touchline.

Confirming the charges, an FA statement said: “West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been charged by The FA following the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday [11 February 2017]. It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 90th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.

“His assistant manager Nikola Jurcevic has also been charged for alleged misconduct following an incident in the 19thminute.

“Both have until 6pm on 16 February 2017 to respond to their charge.”

Asked on Saturday whether he was worried he might get a touchline ban for throwing the microphone, Bilic said: “Whatever. I think that we are more than enough punished during the game.”

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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