Jose Mourinho has been handed a one-match stadium ban by the English FA and fined $61,000 after a half time rant at a referee saw him sent off in Chelsea’s recent defeat at West Ham United.
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Mourinho, 52, had contested a previous charge of misconduct for his comments following a defeat to Southampton in October where he said referees are “afraid” to give Chelsea decisions. He was issued with a suspended one-game stadium ban on that occasion and fined $75,000 and after accepting a new FA misconduct charge for approaching referee Jon Moss at Upton Park moments after Nemanja Matic had been sent off (Mourinho was sent to watch the second half in the stands) the Portuguese coach will now be banned from attending Chelsea’s next Premier League match on Saturday against Stoke City (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).
The Chelsea manager has come under heavy criticism this season first for the way in which he handled the Eva Carneiro situation — where he demoted and publicly criticzed Chelsea’s first team doctor which lead to her parting ways with the club and since seeking legal claims against both Mourinho and the club — then for his reactions to several disappointing defeats as the reigning Premier League champs have lost six of their opening 11 PL games to sit in 15 place.
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Below is the statement from the English FA:
Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000.
The Chelsea manager admitted an FA charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area during half-time of the game against West Ham United on 24 October 2015.
With regard to Chelsea coach Silvino Louro, who denied an FA misconduct charge in relation to the same game, The FA, having considered further representation, withdrew the formal charge of improper conduct but reminded him of his responsibilities.