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Mourinho Hits Back After FA Fine

Jose Mourinho is less than pleased with the FA’s decision to discipline him after the comments he made after Chelsea’s loss to Southampton.

Mourinho was handed a £50,000 fine and a suspended one-game stadium ban. As long as Mourinho doesn’t break the same rule again, he will not have to sit out a game. Mourinho was punished for the comments he made in the media about the refereeing in Chelsea’s loss to Southampton before the international break.

“Every word I say is a risk,” Mourinho told The Guardian. “I am just happy I don’t have an electronic tag but I think it’s not far from that. I also think that [to be fined] £50,000, in the world where we live today, is an absolute disgrace. An absolute disgrace. And I also think that the possibility of getting a stadium ban is also something absolutely astonishing.

“But more difficult for me to understand is when I compare different people with different behaviors or with similar behaviors, with different words or with similar words. I know I’m not English. I know my English is just good enough to work in this country, but is not perfect. But the difference between saying ‘afraid’ and ‘weak and naive’? The difference is £50,000 and [a potential] one-match stadium ban. So, for me, the conclusion is there is something that, now, we know.

“One, we can push people in the technical area. We can, no problem. So anyone in the technical area, we can push. Two, the word ‘afraid’ is a punishment, and a hard punishment. But to say the referee was ‘weak and naive’, referring to one of the top referees in this country and in Europe, we can do. So I think the only good thing of this last decision by the FA is that every manager in this country can write in a little book and, when he goes to a press conference, he knows that ‘afraid’ costs £50,000. ‘Weak and naive’, you can use.

“For football in this country, what is more important is a word rather than aggression. So now we know. They are the only two good things I take from that. It’s good for everyone. It’s the only reason I can still walk in London without an electronic tag.”

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