Ramires and Faria facing hefty bans
Ramires and assistant first-team coach Rui Faria are facing the prospect of Premier League bans for the rest of the season, with the English Football Association expected to rule on whether the Chelsea pair will be charged before tomorrow's Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
The FA will also analyse Jose Mourinho's post-match comments about referee Mike Dean and Mike Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials' Board Limited, although the early sense is that the Chelsea manager will avoid a third FA charge of the season.
Mourinho spoke to Dean in the Stamford Bridge tunnel after Saturday's defeat against Sunderland but, in comments that appeared to be loaded with sarcasm, he congratulated Dean and Riley for achieving what he called their "objective". There is a feeling that the remarks are sufficiently ambivalent to make it difficult for Mourinho to be charged.
Mourinho, as well as three other members of Chelsea staff, had earlier had to physically restrain Faria after Sunderland's winning penalty. Dean was called to the touchline by Phil Dowd, the fourth official, to speak with Faria, who then exploded with anger when he was sent from the dugout. Even as he made his way down the tunnel, he was still shouting at Dean.
The detail of the exchange will be outlined tomorrow – the first working day since the match – by Dean, who is obliged to offer his observations on incidents that are considered 'non-standard'.
Faria can be charged with improper conduct just like a manager and would be facing the same range of possible sanctions. These include a fine and/or a touchline ban. (© Daily Telegraph, London)