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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho escapes punishment for actions following Newcastle win

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has escaped punishment after a Football Association charge for using foul language was “found not proven”.

Mourinho was charged with using abusive, insulting or improper language after United’s 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle United on 6 October.

The United manager was alleged to have sworn in his native Portuguese while staring down a pitch-side television camera after the final whistle.

However, an Independent Regulatory Commission panel ruled on Wednesday that the charge against Mourinho could not be proven, in what represents a rare defeat for English football’s governing body.

The decision is subject to appeal, though the FA are likely to wait until the publication of the panel’s written reasons before responding.

Mourinho, who formally denied the charge of improper conduct last week, risked receiving a touchline ban if he was found to have used ‘abusive’ language by the panel.

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