Mourinho avoids FA punishment in swearing case

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Jose Mourinho will face no punishment — neither suspension nor fine — following Manchester United’s successful appeal of an improper conduct charge handed down by the FA.

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Mourinho was alleged to have sworn, in Portuguese, by a lip reader. The incident occurred during Man United’s 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle United in early October. After falling 2-0 behind that day, it was widely expected that Mourinho would be fired for yet another defeat.

The club appealed on his behalf and apparently presented a quite convincing case, as the FA announced on Wednesday that Mourinho will receive no punishment.

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“A charge against Jose Mourinho for allegedly using language which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper has been found not proven following an independent regulatory commission hearing.

“Written reasons for the decision of the independent regulatory commission will be published in due course. This decision is subject to appeal.”