Friday 18 October 2019

English FA come up with a lavish description for Jose Mourinho bottle kick

Jose Mourinho kicks a water bottle during Manchester United's game against West Ham at Old Trafford. Photo: Reuters
Jose Mourinho kicks a water bottle during Manchester United's game against West Ham at Old Trafford. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

The reasons why Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was handed a touchline ban after he kicked a water bottle in anger last month have been revealed - with his ‘crime’ chronicled in pretty graphic terms by the Football Association.

The FA has released details of their investigation into Mourinho’s most recent indiscretion, which led to his second dismissal of the season.

A ban from the touchline for his side’s EFL Cup game against West Ham followed, with the FA making the incident sound very serious as they summed up his actions.

Referee Jonathan Moss angered Mourinho for booking United midfielder Paul Pogba for diving, which inspired the outburst from his manager.

While TV replays confirmed the official was correct in his decision, Mourinho’s hot-headed response got him into trouble with the match officials and then the FA, who have now revealed why they punished the United boss.

A three-man FA panel - led by former Blackburn winger Stuart Ripley - described Mourinho’s actions as ‘aggressively kicking the bottle in a manner that could have endangered people around him regardless of the motivation to do so’.

The report also commended Mourinho for the remorse he showed following the incident as it stated:

“Mr Mourinho ought to be credited for his admission to the charge, his non-confrontational actions when engaging with the officials subsequent to him kicking the bottle and his apology, which the commission accepted as being sincere.”

Mourinho has since decided to take up a policy of refusing to comment on refereeing incidents in games and if he has the will-power to stick to it, he should avoid more FA disrepute charges.

The United manager may be keen to point out that his old nemesis Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger shoved a fourth official last weekend and then hit out at the performance of the match officials in his side’s defeat at Everton on Tuesday, with no FA charges following either incident.

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