FA charge Jose Mourinho with improper conduct for recent referee comments

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his comments about Anthony Taylor refereeing Manchester United’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool.

Numerous sources had urged the FA to look into his comments as managers are not supposed to speak about referees before the match.

Taylor was appointed for the recent 0-0 draw at Anfield, but Mourinho had questions his ability to do so prior to the game.

“I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance,” Mourinho said.

Managers were banned from talking about officials in the build-up to games in 2009 and the FA have given Mourinho until 6pm on Monday 31 October to respond.

Mourinho has failed to keep up with the rules of the FA throughout his Premier League career and was handed a one-match stadium ban in November 2015 after a clash with referee Jonathan Moss.

He’s also previously been fined £50,000 for claiming that referees were afraid to award penalties after his Chelsea side were beaten 3-1 by Southampton in October.

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