Jose Mourinho 'furious' as Arsene Wenger is given alternative treatment once again
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reported to be furious with Football Association chiefs once again, as he faces another touchline ban for committing the same offence that earned his old nemesis Arsene Wenger an apology.
The Star are among those suggesting Mourinho is bemused after he was informed that Wenger received an apology rather than a touchline ban as he was guilty of an identical crime on the Old Trafford touchline back in 2009.
Mourinho has been charged by the FA after his second sending off this season, with his offence of kicking a water bottle deemed to be enough to see referee Jonathan Moss send him to the stands in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw against West Ham.
The subsequent FA misconduct charge looks set to land Mourinho with a two-game touchline ban, yet he has every reason to suggest double standards are in play on this occasion.
While Mourinho has not helped himself with some of his explosive conduct in his final days at Chelsea last year and then since he assumed control at Old Trafford last summer, he will reflect on an incident involving Arsenal boss Wenger after he was sent off for kicking a water bottle at back in 2009.
Wenger was sent to the stands and then couldn’t find anywhere to go as he was banished from his position on the touchline, yet the FA did not punish the Frenchman for his actions.
Instead, Wenger was handed an apology by the game’s authorities, with League Managers’ Association chief Richard Bevan offering these comments after he held discussions with then referees chief Keith Hackett.
“I’ve spoken to Keith Hackett and he fully recognises the situation was an error and an apology will follow to Arsene Wenger,” stated Bevan.
“Lee Probert (the fourth official at the game, who advised referee Mike Dean to dismiss Wenger) totally failed to manage the situation and created a needless pressure point taking the focus away from the pitch in a big event with only a minute to go.”
“Although correct in ‘law’, the decision was completely out of context in the game and it was followed by the nonsense which followed over where Arsene Wenger should sit.”
Now Mourinho is reported to be considering whether he will challenge his latest FA misconduct charge, which comes after he was given a one-match touchline ban and a £50,000 fine for his seconding off against Burnley last month and inflammatory comments directed at referee Anthony Taylor.
Another fine is likely to take Mourinho’s punishment payments past the £200,000 during his time in English football, yet on this occasion he may well have a case to suggest precedent should ensure he is not punished once again.
Mourinho’s woeful disciplinary record would count against him if he opts to challenge his latest FA misconduct charge, with his punishment set to be very different to that of Wenger seven years ago.