Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association (FA). The 53-year-old kicked a bottle in the 27th minute in his team’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Sunday. The Portuguese was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss for his actions.
Mourinho has until 18:00 GMT on December 1, 2016 to respond to the charge. This is Mourinho’s second charge in two months after he was sent off against Burnley in October. The former Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid manager, received a one-match ban and was fined $9,900 for the particular incident, as reported by BBC.
Mourinho was also fined $62,000 in October for his comments on referee Anthony Taylor ahead of United’s match against Liverpool at Anfield.
“Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against West Ham United on Sunday. It is alleged his behavior in or around the 27th minute of the game amounts to improper conduct.” The FA official website reported.
The Manchester United manager now faces a “non-standard charge”. This will give an independent regulatory commission the power to inflict a heavier punishment.
The man from Setubal, Portugal could face a three-game suspension because of his previous misconducts. However, a stadium ban is unlikely at the moment, according to ESPN.
If a three-match ban is imposed on the Red Devils boss, then he will sit on the sidelines when his team faces Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the Premier League on December 11, 2016. He will also miss his team’s trips to Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.
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Senior Manchester United officials unhappy with Mourinho’s behavior
Manchester United’s senior officials are reportedly unhappy with manager Jose Mourinho’s behavior. The 53-year-old was hit with another FA charge in recent times and could face a three-game ban.
Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman of United is unlikely to take any action against the Old Trafford boss. However, senior officials of the board are concerned with the recent attitude displayed by the Portuguese.
They feel that Mourinho’s conduct is becoming a distraction to the team. Manchester United are in the midst of their worst start to a season in the Premier League era.
The Red Devils have accumulated just 20 points from their initial 13 games.
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