Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the FA for his pre-match comments on the Manchester-born referee who was in charge of United’s clash with Liverpool on October 18.
With the Liverpool-United clash being one of the fiercest rivalries in English football, several quarters of Liverpool fans cried foul over the decision to appoint Taylor as the referee for the match. They claimed that his decision might get influenced due to his origins.
The FA in 2009 banned the managers from making comments on the referees prior to any match but the outspoken Portuguese tactician could not stop himself from doing that.
He said:“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 it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance.”
After the goalless stalemate with the arch rivals, Mourinho praised Taylor but that did not stop the FA from charging him for misconduct. The former Chelsea manager has until 31 October to respond to the charge.
“Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in respect of comments he made relating to the appointed match referee, prior to the Liverpool v Manchester United fixture on Monday 17 October 2016,” an FA statement reads.
“It is alleged his comments were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3 (1).
“Mr Mourinho has until 6pm on Monday 31 October 2016 to respond to the charge.”
Not the one to hold back his words, Mourinho has had his fair shares of run-ins with the FA over refereeing issues. He was fined £50,000 for claiming that referees were afraid to award penalties against his side last season after Chelsea were thrashed 3-1 by Southampton. He also received a one-match stadium ban and a fine of £40,000 in November last year for his misconduct towards the match officials during his team’s game against West Ham.
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