After two incidents involving match officials, the Football Association has decided to issue a touchline ban to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
The self-acclaimed Special One has had a number of run-ins with the FA, going back to his two stints with Chelsea.
The ban was only half of the punishment, and he was also issued a £58,000 fine. £50,000 of the fine was for Mourinho’s comments after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
The Portuguese gaffer had insinuated that match day referee, Anthony Taylor, was influenced in his decision-making by Liverpool fans. He’d “brought the game into disrepute” according to The FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission.
Mourinho accepted that his statements “constituted improper conduct, but denied they brought the game into disrepute”.
The touchline ban and the remaining £8,000 was for using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official” after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Burnley. Mourinho had admitted to the charge against referee Mark Clattenburg, after the latter refused to award United a penalty for a foul on Matteo Darmian.
The touchline ban means he will be absent from the dugout during Manchester United’s clash with Swansea this weekend.