Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was given a suspended one-match stadium ban and a £50,000 ban by the English FA for his post-match comments after the Blues’ 3-1 home defeat to Southampton prior to the international break.
The self-proclaimed Special One implied that the Premier League officials were biased, and that led the FA to take action.
Mourinho blamed lack of his English language skills after accusing referees of being afraid to award decisions to his team, as per a report from BBC Sport.
The 52-year old’s claims emerged after the FA released the written reasons for decision of an independent regulatory commission, as per the report.
A hearing has now dismissed Mourinho’s mitigation and decided the Portuguese tactician’s English is “too sophisticated”.
Although the Chelsea manager admitted improper conduct, he denied questioning the integrity of referee Robert Madley. While in mitigation, Mourinho pointed to similar issues involving five other Premier League managers.
As well as criticising his level of his fine, Mourinho branded his stadium ban – which is suspended for a year – “astonishing”.
He felt resentful for being treated unjustly by the FA who failed to punish Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for calling referee Mike Dean “weak” and “naïve” after the Gunners’ 2-0 loss to Chelsea in September.
Wenger also faced no action from the English football body for pushing Mourinho in his technical area at Stamford Bridge in October 2014.
Mourinho tried to argue that his comments were born out of tension and as a result of rush of adrenaline, but the panel ruled that was no excuse.
“Mr Mourinho is an experienced manager and an experienced interviewee,” it said.
“This was not some spur-of-the-moment unguarded outburst. These were quite lengthy comments, delivered calmly and in a controlled way.”
Mourinho’s recent £50,000 fine was the seventh time he has been fined by the FA in 10 years, with those punishments reaching a total of £181,000, BBC Sport reveal.
“The more than doubling of the January 2015 fine as compared with the May 2014 fine has not deterred him from this latest and more serious breach,” the commission’s written reasons stated.
“The fair way to impose this deterrent is to suspend the ban so that Mr Mourinho is able quite easily to avoid its ever coming into effects.
“The matter is in his hands.”