Jose Mourinho has reacted to being sent to the stands during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League.
James Ward-Prowse was preparing to take one final corner, only for referee Craig Pawson to stop the game, head over to the dugout, and give Mourinho his marching orders.
The reason for this, as later revealed, was that Mourinho had very slightly – like, by a few inches – stepped out of his technical area to bark orders at Antonio Valencia.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho, who will now most likely incur a one-game ban, was notably hesitant to discuss the issue.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know. Craig told me to leave and I left. I don’t know. He told me to leave, I left.”
It is probably worth remembering that Jurgen Klopp does stuff like this every week and gets away with it, usually with a big laugh and a slap on the back for the fourth official.
But this would never cut it with Mourinho. He has dominated the touchlines of this country for too long, caused too many ruptures and memorable moments to ever slip under the radar. The FA has really become quite the predictable bureaucracy.