Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association (FA) for pre-Liverpool match comments over the referee Anthony Taylor’s appointment. The Portuguese boss termed Taylor’s responsibility as “difficult” since he belonged from Manchester.
Manchester United played Liverpool at Anfield on October 17, 2016. Mourinho stated that the appointment of Taylor had put some additional pressure on him as he was a Manchester-based referee.
“I think Mr. Taylor is a very good referee but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance.” Mourinho said prior to the Liverpool game, as reported by ESPN.
This has not gone down well with the FA since managers are barred from speaking about referees before matches. England football’s governing body banned managers from speaking about referees prior to games in 2009. This was made to prevent a manager’s effort to influence on a referee’s decision, as reported by BBC.
Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct and for bringing the game to disrepute. The 53-year-old been given until October 31, 2016 to respond to the charges.
The Portuguese was not the only one who criticized the decision of Taylor’s appointment in such an important game. Keith Hackett, former referees’ chief also questioned the Professional Game Match Officials Limited’s (PGMOL) decision to assign the match to a man who is a Altrincham ticket holder.
It has to be noted that this is not the first time when the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has had trouble with the FA for commenting on referees. Mourinho has previously received match suspensions and fines for not adhering to FA’s rules on speaking against referees.
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