English Premiership

Mourinho hit with misconduct charge

2016-10-27 18:03
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has copped a Football Association (FA) misconduct charge for his comments about referee Anthony Taylor.

Mourinho was asked to comment on the appointment of Taylor ahead of the clash with Liverpool, with the match official's selection for the Anfield fixture raising eyebrows due to his Mancunian roots.

When asked about specific remarks made by Keith Hackett - who said the assignment would put undue pressure on the referee - the Portuguese coach 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 that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance," said Mourinho.

The FA subsequently asked Mourinho to clarify his observations and has now levied a charge against him for brining the game into disrepute.

"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," a statement from the governing body read.

"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."

Mourinho actually lauded Taylor's performances after the 0-0 draw, despite the ref booking four of his players and none for the Reds.

"Can I speak about the referee without being punished?" he asked United's press officer. "He had a good game and I am happy for him because people with responsibilities put a lot of pressure on him and it was very difficult for him to have a good performance, which he had."

Read more on:    manchester united  |  jose mourinho  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The pride of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have combined once again to form the British & Irish Lions. Their mission? Victory over the world champion All Blacks in their own back yard. How will their three-test series pan out? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.