Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho charged by English FA over “campaign” comments

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After slamming referee Anthony Taylor following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Dec. 28, Jose Mourinho is in the English FA’s dog house. Again.

Mourinho, 51, heavily criticized Taylor’s decision to book Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabrgeas for simulation in the second half as the Spanish midfielder went down under contact from Southampton’s Matt Targett in the penalty box.

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Chelsea’s Portuguese boss was incensed by the decision which he felt cost his side two points as a penalty should have been awarded, and targeted Taylor after the game as well as claiming that there was a “campaign” against Chelsea when it came to referee’s booking their players for simulation, as well as the media, other managers and fans all in on the act. Simply put: he lost the plot a little.

On Thursday the FA released the following statement after they had charged Mourinho with misconduct.

Jose Mourinho has been charged by The FA for misconduct in relation to media comments he made following Chelsea’s game against Southampton on 28 December 2014.

It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a referee or referees and/or bring the game into disrepute.

He has until 6pm on 13 January 2015 to respond to the charge.

The FA has also reviewed pre-match comments made by Mr Mourinho on December 19 2014 prior to Chelsea’s game against Stoke City and, having sought his observations on this matter, decided not to bring a disciplinary charge and instead issued him with a formal warning.

The FA prohibit participants from making any pre-match media comments including comments of a positive nature concerning the appointed match officials for a particular fixture.

Whether the official is identifiable by name or by implication, these are deemed to amount to improper conduct in breach of FA Rule E3.