LONDON – Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has been charged by the English FA for misconduct following the statements made after his side’s defeat to Southampton on Saturday.
The Blues lost their fourth League encounter in eight matches, going down 3-1 to the Saints, as Mourinho embarked on a seven-minute rant after the match in which he singled out what he believes was incompetence by the match officials.
“The referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea. Once more, we don’t get the penalty at a crucial moment in the game,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“The penalty in this game is crucial because my team, at the moment, the first negative thing that happens, they collapse.
“The penalty was a giant penalty, and after that, the team lost even more confidence.
“If [the FA] want to punish me, they can punish me. They don’t punish other managers,” Mourinho added.
“I want to say it again: referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.
“The penalty was a giant penalty and the referee was afraid to give it, like everyone else is afraid to give it.”
The FA has now charged Mourinho with misconduct following his remarks.
“It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute,” an FA statement read.
Mourinho has until Thursday evening to respond to the charge.
Chelsea today issued a statement throwing their weight behind the under-fire manager, insisting he has their support. KickOff.com