November 3 – Many would argue he has got off lightly given past misdemeanours but Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been banned for one match and fined £58,000 after being charged for two separate offences.
The touchline ban will take effect for the game against Swansea on Sunday.
Mourinho was first charged over comments he made about a particular official’s suitability for taking charge of United’s fixture against Liverpool earlier this season. Then last weekend he was sent to the stands for using abusive or insulting words to the officials in or around the tunnel area at half-time of the goalless draw with Burnley.
He emerged for the second half but was escorted to a seat in the stands before being moved a second time, this time to the directors’ box. He declined to speak to the media after the match.
Last season when he was in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho was given a one-match stadium ban and fined £40,000. He was also fined £50,000 for saying that referees were afraid to award Chelsea penalties after his side were beaten 3-1 by Southampton in October 2015.
Mourinho refused to discuss either recent incident during his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s Europa League game against Fenerbahce today. Asked if he regretted his recent behaviour towards match officials, Mourinho replied: “next question.”
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