Chelsea handler, Jose Mourinho got a 1-match stadium ban and a £50,000-Pound fine last week after the F.A found him guilty of having broken the rules when he called the referee “afraid” in a post match conference after the League game between his side and Southampton prior to the international break.
The referee had failed to give Chelsea a clear penalty during the game, infuriating Mourinho as the his team lost 3 – 1 eventually. After the Football Association meted out the punishment, Jose decided to appeal, labelling the judgement a disgrace.
However, a hearing upheld the F.A’s decision after discarding his mitigation. Mourinho had leapt to his defence to claim that his outrage didn’t in anyway questioned the integrity of referee Robert Madley, although he accepted blame for improper conduct. He cited 2 scenarios involving Arsene Wenger as reasons why his punishment is “astonishing”. In September, after Arsenal suffered a 2 nil defeat in the hands of Chelsea, Wenger called match official, Mike Dean “weak” and “naive” after he sent off Gunners’ defender, Gabriel while Costa continued the match. The Frenchman was also not punished for a sideline shoving of Mourinho last year.
Mourinho attempted to see a milder punishment handed to him, citing tension as the reasons for his post match comments. But the panel upheld its decision saying,
“Mr Mourinho is an experienced manager and an experienced interviewee. This was not some spur-of-the-moment unguarded outburst. These were quite lengthy comments, delivered calmly and in a controlled way.”
The 52 year-old never stops getting into trouble with the press, rival coaches and match officials. The latest punishment is his 7th in a 10 year-period in England, and all has totaled £181,000 Pounds.