Cape Town - The Football Association has closed the book on their case
against Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for directing abusive language
towards the TV camera.
Mourinho had been charged "for allegedly using language
which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper" as he headed for the
tunnel after United's dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford on
An Independent Regulatory Commission ruled in favour of the
55-year-old, but the FA appealed the decision last month in the hope of taking
action against him.
However, a separate Independent Regulatory Commission also
dismissed the charge against Mourinho on December 6, which has now been
accepted by English football's governing body.
Written reasons published on Monday read: "The FA was
successful in respect of the appeal. However, due to a legal argument raised on
Mr Mourinho's behalf, which had not been determined by the original Regulatory
Commission, the case was remitted to another panel to rule on the legal
"On 6 December 2018, a separate Independent Regulatory
Commission considered the legal argument raised on Mr Mourinho's behalf, and
dismissed the charge against him.
"The charge was dismissed on the grounds that Mr
Mourinho had a 'legitimate expectation', based on previous FA practice, that he
would not be charged for swearing in the circumstances in which he did."
A statement from the FA said: "The FA welcomes the
original decision of the Appeal Board to uphold its appeal against Mr Mourinho
for using abusive, insulting and improper language after the Manchester United
v Newcastle United match on 6 October 2018.
"It also respects the decision of the Independent
Regulatory Commission to dismiss the charge based on the legal argument
submitted by Mr Mourinho.
"The FA's position, which it maintained throughout the
hearing, was that Mr Mourinho directed his abusive, insulting and improper
words directly towards the camera lens, and in these circumstances, the
decision to charge was consistent with previous FA charging practice.
"Whilst we accept that the Independent Regulatory
Commission disagreed on this occasion, The FA wishes to make clear that it will
continue to take action against Participants for any form of abusive,
insulting, or improper language or behaviour, which is directed towards a
"Finally, following the Appeal Board decision, and the
most recent decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission, The FA now
considers this matter to be closed."