Mourinho Handed Touchline Ban And Fine

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been handed a one-match ban and a £58,000 fine by the Football Association on Wednesday after accepting charges of misconduct for two separate offences.

Mourinho’s comments about referee Anthony Taylor ahead of last month’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Liverpool brought a £50,000 fine and warning as to his future conduct, but it was Saturday’s incident against Burnley that led to the hardest blow.

The Portuguese was sent to the stands by referee Mark Clattenburg as the teams made their way out for the second half of the frustrating goalless draw at Old Trafford.

It led Mourinho to be hit by a misconduct charge on Tuesday and within 24 hours he admitted to using abusive/and or insulting words towards a match official, earning an £8,000 fine and immediate one-match touchline ban for Sunday’s trip to Swansea.

An FA disciplinary statement read:

Jose Mourinho has been fined £50,000 in relation to media comments he made prior to Manchester United’s game at Liverpool on 17 October 2016.

“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard that Mr Mourinho accepted the comments he made on October 14 2016 constituted improper conduct but denied they brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1).

“The Commission found the disrepute element of the charge proven and as well as being fined, Mr Mourinho was warned as to his future conduct.

“Separate to this, Mr Mourinho will serve an immediate one-match touchline ban after he admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official and accepted the standard penalty.

“The incident happened in or around the tunnel area during halftime of United’s game against Burnley on 30 October 2016.

“As well as the suspension, the standard penalty for this breach of FA Rule E3 also includes an £8,000 fine.

Mourinho has come under pressure as United’s form has faded with no wins in their last four league games and trail leading trio Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool by eight points.

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