Jose Mourinho fined nearly $13,000 for touchline outburst – Clear to manage Sunday’s match against Manchester City

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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.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.