Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been handed a one-match stadium ban and a £50,000 fine for the comments he made after Chelsea’s loss to Southampton.
The English Football Association found him in violation of the FA’s rules and the 52-year-old Portuguese manager was punished for improper conduct. The one-game stadium ban has been suspended, so as long as Mourinho behaves in the next year and doesn’t break the same rule, he can stay in the dugout.
The FA released the following statement on Wednesday:
“Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rules in relation to post-match media comments.
“The Chelsea manager was charged for misconduct following the game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.
“It was alleged his remarks constituted improper conduct in that they alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or brought the game into disrepute.
“Mr Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016.”
Here’s a small excerpt of Mourinho’s rant after the 3-1 loss to Southampton.
“Look, I think you know me and I think I don’t run away from responsibilities. I think, first of all I want to say that because we are in such a bad moment I think you shouldn’t be afraid to be also honest because when we are in the top there is quite a big pleasure in put us down but when we are so down I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly that referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.”