Friday 21 October 2016

Mourinho charged over referee comments

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces a misconduct charge from the English Football Association over comments he made following the 3-1 defeat to Southampton.

The under-pressure Chelsea boss, who was given the backing of the club in an official statement yesterday, was later charged by the English FA over his comments about referee Robert Madley. The Premier League champions lie 16th in the table after a poor run of form which saw them suffer a fourth defeat in eight games in front of owner Roman Abramovich on Saturday.

In a statement the English FA said it had charged the Chelsea boss who was unhappy at the decision not to award a penalty when, with the scores at 1-1, forward Radamel Falcao was upended by Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Mourinho had said after the Southampton defeat: "When everything goes against you, you need these decisions. One thing teams are not afraid of is to make penalties against us because they make them all the time and the referees they never give.

"I tell my players to be careful in the box. These opponents know that they don't have to feel that pressure."

Earlier yesterday, Chelsea had expressed their confidence in Mourinho: "The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.

"As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team's performances must improve.

"However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it."

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