The English Football Association has fined Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho £8,000 ($12,932) after admitting to a breach of the rules during last weekend’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City.
With about 20 minutes left of the match, Mourinho walked to the sideline and began yelling at referee Anthony Taylor after he asked Branislav Ivanovic to speed up taking a throw-in.
The Portuguese manager was apparently incensed at Taylor’s request after Cardiff, who took an early 1-0 lead, engaged in time-wasting of their own without repurcussion.
Taylor pointed Mourinho off the pitch, leading the 50 year old to take a seat in the stands next to a fan. Mourinho remained there for a short while before being told by an usher to exit the match, which he complied with.
Some believed the Chelsea boss could receive a touchline ban but instead the FA handed him the standard fine after admitting improper conduct.
An FA statement read: “Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behaviour in or around the 69th minute of his side’s game against Cardiff City on 19 October 2013 amounted to improper conduct.
“The fine is the standard penalty for the offence.”
Mourinho talked about the incident following his side’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Schalke on Tuesday: “What the referee wrote is true. I was not aggressive, I was not offensive. I just had a disagreement. That in the game is resolved with ‘shut up and sit down’, (you) don’t need to go to the stands. I accept the fine and against Manchester City (on Sunday) I can work.”
Sunday’s match against City kicks off at 12:00pm ET on NBCSN.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.