FA could appeal after losing landmark case against Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho who allegedly mouthed ‘f**k off sons of b*****s’ into TV camera
- Jose Mourinho was cleared of ‘abusive, insulting or improper language’ charge
- He was accused of mouthing explicit Portuguese language against Newcastle
- Independent commission says the accusation could not be proved with footage
The FA are considering an appeal after losing their landmark case against Jose Mourinho.
The Manchester United manager was charged with using ‘abusive, insulting or improper language’ in Portuguese after last month’s dramatic victory over Newcastle but that was found ‘not proven’ by an independent commission.
The 55-year-old avoided a touchline ban and the FA, who are surprised by the verdict, will wait for written reasons to be published next week before deciding whether to appeal.
Jose Mourinho has avoided punishment for an alleged expletive-laden outburst at Old Trafford
Mourinho launched into a rant after his side came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle
Mourinho is believed to have been infuriated by the charge — the first of its kind in English football — after allegedly mouthing obscenities into a camera as he strode towards the Old Trafford tunnel after the 3-2 victory.
United feel vindicated by the outcome after their legal department vigorously contested the charge.
The FA, who employed a lip reader to decipher Mourinho’s remarks, have not lost many such cases.
The Manchester United boss could have faced a touchline ban if he had been found guilty
The decision not to increase Eden Hazard’s three-match ban following his red card for kicking out at a Swansea City ball boy in 2013 is the most high profile.
Former United striker Wayne Rooney received a two-match ban for swearing into a television camera while celebrating during a game against West Ham in 2011.
Part of United’s defence was to cite Jordan Henderson shouting ‘Are you the f****** ref?’ at Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic during England’s behind-closed-doors Nations League clash last month.
Alexis Sanchez’s winner had lifted some of the pressure off Mourinho’s shoulders at United
JOSE MOURINHO’S DISCIPLINARY RECORD
Cardiff dismissal (October 19, 2013)
Sent to the stands during Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff by referee Anthony Taylor.
Disciplined: Charge of improper conduct accepted. Fine of £8,000.
Touchline ticking-off (March 15, 2014)
Dismissed by referee Chris Foy during an ill-tempered Chelsea loss at Aston Villa.
Disciplined: Contested a charge of improper conduct, unsuccessfully. Fined £8,000 and warned over future conduct.
Black day against Black Cats (April 19, 2014)
Following his first home Premier League loss as Chelsea boss, Sunderland ending Mourinho’s 77-game unbeaten Stamford Bridge run, he made a sarcastic appraisal of referee Mike Dean and referees’ chief Mike Riley.
Disciplined: Failed in a challenge over charges and was fined £10,000.
Saints and a sinner (December 28, 2014)
Complained of a ‘clear campaign’ against Chelsea after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and instead booked in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Disciplined: Fined £25,000 after unsuccessfully contesting improper conduct charge.
Another Saintly episode (October 3, 2015)
Criticised referee Bobby Madley following a 3-1 loss to Southampton, saying referees were ‘afraid’ to give Chelsea penalties and told officials to ‘be honest with us’.
Disciplined: Judged to have implied bias, fined £50,000 and given a suspended one-match stadium ban. Had an appeal rejected.
Hammered (October 24, 2015)
After Chelsea imploded late in the first half, Mourinho was sent to the stands at West Ham for a half-time ‘discussion’ with referee Jonathan Moss.
Disciplined: Handed one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 after admitting FA charge of misconduct. Opted not to appeal and missed a match at Stoke.
Referee reference (October 27, 2016)
Charged with misconduct after commenting about referee Taylor prior to Manchester United’s goalless draw at Liverpool.
Disciplined: Mourinho accepted his comments constituted improper conduct but denied they brought the game into disrepute – although the FA ruled otherwise. Fined £50,000 and warned as to future conduct.
Clarets confusion (October 29, 2016)
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second half against Burnley by referee Mark Clattenburg after allegedly using ‘abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official’ in the tunnel at half-time.
Disciplined: Mourinho admitted the charge and was given a one-match touchline ban and a fine of £8,000.
Hammered again (November 27, 2016)
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in 30 days after kicking a water bottle in a furious reaction to a booking for Paul Pogba during the 1-1 home draw with West Ham.
Disciplined: Banned for another game and fined £16,000.
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