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Jose Mourinho avoids touchline ban for allegedly mouthing obscenities

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho avoids touchline ban after charge for allegedly mouthing ‘f**k off sons of b*****s’ into TV camera is ‘found not proven’ by commission… but FA could still appeal the decision

  • Jose Mourinho has escaped punishment after allegedly swearing into a camera
  • The FA acted after he appeared to say ‘f**k off sons of b*****s’ in Portuguese
  • The Manchester United manager was reacting after a late win over Newcastle 
  • An Independent Regulatory Commission said the charge was ‘found not proven’
  • Decision has surprised the FA’s disciplinary department, who could yet appeal

Jose Mourinho has avoided a possible touchline ban after a Football Association charge for using foul language after the comeback win against Newcastle was ‘found not proven’.

United vigorously contested the 55-year-old’s charge for using abusive, insulting or improper language after the 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

An Independent Regulatory Commission convened on Wednesday and decided Mourinho will avoid any sanction – a move which is understood to have surprised the FA’s disciplinary department, who could yet choose to appeal the decision when the full written reasons are published next week. 

Jose Mourinho has avoided punishment an alleged expletive-laden outburst at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho has avoided punishment an alleged expletive-laden outburst at Old Trafford

Mourinho launched into a rant after his side came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle

Mourinho launched into a rant after his side came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle

A statement from the FA read: ‘A charge against Jose Mourinho for allegedly using language which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper has been found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.

‘It related to an incident at the end of the Manchester United versus Newcastle United game on 6 October 2018.

‘Written reasons for the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission will be published in due course. This decision is subject to appeal.’ 

Mourinho was left furious by the charge, which was the first in English football to relate to swearing in a foreign language.

It was alleged he said ‘fodas filhos de puta’ – ‘f**k off sons of b*****s’ – in his native Portuguese at a TV camera as he walked down the touchline after United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle on October 6.

He also wagged his little finger in what was interpreted as a further insult to his critics following a difficult start to the season that has raised doubts over his future at United. 

The Manchester United boss could have faced a touchline ban if he had been found guilty

The Manchester United boss could have faced a touchline ban if he had been found guilty

Alexis Sanchez's winner had lifted some of the pressure off Mourinho's shoulders at United

Alexis Sanchez’s winner had lifted some of the pressure off Mourinho’s shoulders at United

Even though Mourinho’s comments were in a foreign language, the FA decided they would have been understood in certain parts of the world where Premier League games are beamed live.

Linguistics experts were called in to confirm what he said and clarify its meaning, leading to the FA charge.

The only other case of its kind resulted in former United striker Wayne Rooney being hit with a two-match suspension in April 2011 for swearing into a camera after scoring a hat-trick at West Ham. 

JOSE MOURINHO’S DISCIPLINARY RECORD 

Cardiff dismissal (October 19, 2013)

Sent to the stands during Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff by referee Anthony Taylor.

Disciplined: Charge of improper conduct accepted. Fine of £8,000.

Touchline ticking-off (March 15, 2014)

Dismissed by referee Chris Foy during an ill-tempered Chelsea loss at Aston Villa.

Disciplined: Contested a charge of improper conduct, unsuccessfully. Fined £8,000 and warned over future conduct.

Black day against Black Cats (April 19, 2014)

Following his first home Premier League loss as Chelsea boss, Sunderland ending Mourinho’s 77-game unbeaten Stamford Bridge run, he made a sarcastic appraisal of referee Mike Dean and referees’ chief Mike Riley.

Disciplined: Failed in a challenge over charges and was fined £10,000.

Saints and a sinner (December 28, 2014)

Complained of a “clear campaign” against Chelsea after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and instead booked in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Disciplined: Fined £25,000 after unsuccessfully contesting improper conduct charge.

Another Saintly episode (October 3, 2015)

Criticised referee Bobby Madley following a 3-1 loss to Southampton, saying referees were “afraid” to give Chelsea penalties and told officials to “be honest with us”.

Disciplined: Judged to have implied bias, fined £50,000 and given a suspended one-match stadium ban. Had an appeal rejected.

Hammered (October 24, 2015)

After Chelsea imploded late in the first half, Mourinho was sent to the stands at West Ham for a half-time “discussion” with referee Jonathan Moss.

Disciplined: Handed one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 after admitting FA charge of misconduct. Opted not to appeal and missed a match at Stoke.

Referee reference (October 27, 2016)

Charged with misconduct after commenting about referee Taylor prior to Manchester United’s goalless draw at Liverpool.

Disciplined: Mourinho accepted his comments constituted improper conduct but denied they brought the game into disrepute – although the FA ruled otherwise. Fined £50,000 and warned as to future conduct.

Clarets confusion (October 29, 2016)

Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second half against Burnley by referee Mark Clattenburg after allegedly using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official” in the tunnel at half-time.

Disciplined: Mourinho admitted the charge and was given a one-match touchline ban and a fine of £8,000.

Hammered again (November 27, 2016)

Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in 30 days after kicking a water bottle in a furious reaction to a booking for Paul Pogba during the 1-1 home draw with West Ham.

Disciplined: Banned for another game and fined £16,000. 


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