FA update on Jose Mourinho sending off at Southampton

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Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands deep in stoppage time during Saturday’s 1-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League.

The boss momentarily stepped onto the field as the Saints made one final attack which led winning a corner in the 94th minute.

Referee Craig Pawson sent Mourinho to the stands after taking advice from his assistant despite the Portuguese manager’s step not interfering with the match or opposition whatsoever.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho was quoted as saying:

“I don’t know. You have to ask the referee.”

It did seem like he referee was being pernickety at the time and replays and discussion of the incident haven’t changed my mind since.

The English Football Association have now given an update on the incident.  Sky Sports have reported that Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the FA.  It had been feared that the boss would face a needless suspension for Saturday’s Premier League tie with Crystal Palace this weekend.

It seems the FA have showed some common sense on this occasion.  Mourinho was sanctioned twice last season.  First, being given a touchline ban and a £50,000 fine for two incidents in November – he was sent to the stands by Mark Clattenburg during our match with Burnley and then fined for comments he made about another referee Anthony Taylor, before we faced Liverpool in January.


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