Sunday 18 March 2018

Mourinho in hot water again over outburst

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has a word with the fourth official. Photo: Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has a word with the fourth official. Photo: Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine

James Ducker

Jose Mourinho faces the prospect of a two-match touchline ban if he contests his latest Football Association misconduct charge.

The Manchester United manager was charged for the second time in less than a week yesterday after being accused of abusing officials at half-time during his team's goalless draw against Burnley on Saturday.

Mourinho reacted furiously after United were denied a penalty by referee Mark Clattenburg, and he is alleged to have launched a tirade at the Durham official or one of his assistants, that resulted in him being sent to the stands.

The Portuguese, who travels with his United squad to Istanbul this morning ahead of their Europa League tie against Fenerbahce tomorrow, is facing a one-match touchline ban over the incident, that would most likely take effect this Sunday, when United play Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

But if Mourinho contests the charge, he runs the risk of having the punishment increased to two matches by an independent FA regulatory commission. In such circumstances, a case would not be heard until next week, which could mean him being banned from the touchline for the visit of Arsenal a fortnight on Saturday, as well as the league game at home to West Ham eight days later. Mourinho has until 6.0pm on Friday to respond.

A separate independent regulatory commission is expected to hear Mourinho's first charge, relating to remarks he made about referee Anthony Taylor in the lead up to United's league game against Liverpool last month, either today or tomorrow. Mourinho was charged last Thursday after claiming it would be "difficult" for Taylor to have a good game after the outrage that greeted the official's appointment from Liverpool fans, appalled that a referee who lives in Altrincham, just six miles from Old Trafford, could be put in charge of such a fixture.

United had still to confirm yesterday whether Mourinho had accepted or denied the charge, which he had to respond to by 6pm on Monday. United said they would not be commenting until the FA had announced its conclusions. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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