FA slaps Mourinho with fresh charge

London, October 27

Beleaguered Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was hit with a misconduct charge from the Football Association on Monday following his half-time rant in the Premier League champions’ shock 2-1 defeat against West Ham.

Mourinho is already appealing against a $76,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about officials following Chelsea’s home loss against Southampton earlier this month. And he faces further charges after being sent to the stands by Jonathan Moss for letting rip at the referee when he went to see him in the officials’ changing room during the interval at Upton Park on Saturday.

“Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in relation to his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area at half-time,” an FA statement confirmed.

Silvino Louro had already been sent off earlier in the London derby following his protests after Nemanja Matic was sent off for two bookable offences and he has also been charged with misconduct. Mourinho was infuriated both by the Matic dismissal and the decision ruling Cesc Fabregas offside when the Chelsea midfielder finished off a Willian pass for what would have been the equaliser.

After suffering the indignity of having to sit among celebrating West Ham fans as Andy Carroll headed the late winner, he then ignored Premier League regulations by refusing to speak to the media after the match and is likely to face a another fine as a result.

Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban relates to any future critical comments he makes to the media however, so his latest antics won’t trigger that punishment. Both Chelsea and West Ham have also been charged for failing to control their players in the aftermath of the challenge which led to Matic’s dismissal.

“Chelsea coach Silvino Louro has also been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour which led to his 45th minute dismissal from the technical area,” the FA statement added.

Chelsea are already facing a £25,000 fine for receiving more than five bookings in the loss. Mourinho’s outburst at Moss was a further sign he is struggling to cope as the pressure mounts following Chelsea’s miserable run.

The Blues are languishing in 15th place, nine points adrift of the top four, after their fifth league defeat of the season.

They travel to Stoke in the League Cup fourth round and a loss for the holders at the Britannia Stadium would increase speculation that Mourinho’s spell in charge of Chelsea is about to end in the sack.