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Mourinho Not Appealing Stadium Ban

Jose Mourinho will not be on sideline when Chelsea takes on Stoke City on Saturday as the Portuguese manager has decided not to appeal his one-game ban.

Mourinho was fined and suspended one game after his behavior during halftime in Chelsea’s loss to West Ham two weeks ago. Mourinho had until today (Friday) to appeal the ban but decided not to.

“The match is tomorrow, I know the result of the appeal already, so I decide to give up,” Mourinho told The Daily Mirror

“I think it’s stupid to fight a fight you know you already lose.

“I will travel with the team, until the moment somebody stops me, which I think is the stadium compound.

“It is not easy and you can imagine how I feel.

“I don’t want to speak about it because I would have to go deeper and into a dimension of the situation.

“One thing is to not be on the bench because the referee told me not to be there against West Ham.

“Nobody told me to leave the stadium. At this moment, I am stopped to not just do my work but stopped to be in a football stadium and do something I love.

“In the future, I think we will have lots of managers with stadium bans. I think it should be related to something very serious.

“This stadium ban is connected to words, complaints.

“I want the game tomorrow to finish.”

Mourinho was charged by the English Football Association after he went on a verbal barrage against referee Jon Moss during halftime in the the game between Chelsea and West Ham.

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