‘I was 100% not guilty’: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho pleased to be cleared of alleged ‘f*** off sons of b******’ rant… but the FA could still appeal the decision
- Jose Mourinho avoided punishment for an alleged rant after beating Newcastle
- Manchester United boss has insisted he was innocent of swearing in Portuguese
- Mourinho is ‘pleased’ to have been cleared by an independent commission
- Sportsmail understands the FA could yet choose to appeal against the decision
Jose Mourinho is pleased that an FA charge against him was thrown out and insisted he was ‘100 per cent not guilty’.
The Manchester United manager was charged for using ‘abusive, insulting or improper language’ in Portuguese after the dramatic victory over Newcastle but that was ‘found not proven’ by an independent commission.
Mourinho avoided a touchline ban and Sportsmail understands the FA are surprised by the verdict. They will wait for written reasons to be published next week before deciding whether to lodge an appeal.
Jose Mourinho was charged over a rant to camera in October but later avoided punishment
The Manchester United manager has insists he was ‘100 per cent not guilty’ of the charge
‘The reason why I asked the club and the lawyers to appeal was because I was 100 per cent that I was not guilty of these charges,’ the 55-year-old said.
‘But you never know how it ends. Yes, I’m pleased but I know that I have to respect the process and I have to wait what is going to happen next. I only appeal if I feel I’m not guilty, not to lose my time or others lose their time.’
Mourinho was furious at the charge – the first of its kind in English football – after allegedly mouthing obscenities into a camera as he strode towards the Old Trafford tunnel.
It was alleged he said ‘fodas filhos de puta’ – ‘f**k off sons of b*****s’ – in his native Portuguese after United’s 3-2 win over Newcastle on October 6.
Mourinho launched into a rant after his side came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle
The former Chelsea boss says he is ‘pleased’ to have avoided punishment for the incident
United feel vindicated by the outcome after their legal department vigorously contested the charge, compiling a strong defence to secure a rare victory over the governing body.
The FA – who employed a lip reader to decipher Mourinho’s remarks – have not lost many of these cases in the past.
The move not to increase Eden Hazard’s three-match ban following his red card for kicking out at a Swansea City ballboy in 2013 is the highest profile.
Former United striker Wayne Rooney was slapped with a two-match ban for swearing into a television camera while celebrating during a game against West Ham in 2011.
The FA could appeal against the decision after being surprised Mourinho was found not guilty
Alexis Sanchez’s winner against Newcastle had lifted some of the pressure off Mourinho
JOSE MOURINHO’S DISCIPLINARY RECORD
Cardiff dismissal (October 19, 2013)
Sent to the stands during Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff by referee Anthony Taylor.
Disciplined: Charge of improper conduct accepted. Fine of £8,000.
Touchline ticking-off (March 15, 2014)
Dismissed by referee Chris Foy during an ill-tempered Chelsea loss at Aston Villa.
Disciplined: Contested a charge of improper conduct, unsuccessfully. Fined £8,000 and warned over future conduct.
Black day against Black Cats (April 19, 2014)
Following his first home Premier League loss as Chelsea boss, Sunderland ending Mourinho’s 77-game unbeaten Stamford Bridge run, he made a sarcastic appraisal of referee Mike Dean and referees’ chief Mike Riley.
Disciplined: Failed in a challenge over charges and was fined £10,000.
Saints and a sinner (December 28, 2014)
Complained of a ‘clear campaign’ against Chelsea after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and instead booked in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Disciplined: Fined £25,000 after unsuccessfully contesting improper conduct charge.
Another Saintly episode (October 3, 2015)
Criticised referee Bobby Madley following a 3-1 loss to Southampton, saying referees were ‘afraid’ to give Chelsea penalties and told officials to ‘be honest with us’.
Disciplined: Judged to have implied bias, fined £50,000 and given a suspended one-match stadium ban. Had an appeal rejected.
Hammered (October 24, 2015)
After Chelsea imploded late in the first half, Mourinho was sent to the stands at West Ham for a half-time ‘discussion’ with referee Jonathan Moss.
Disciplined: Handed one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 after admitting FA charge of misconduct. Opted not to appeal and missed a match at Stoke.
Referee reference (October 27, 2016)
Charged with misconduct after commenting about referee Taylor prior to Manchester United’s goalless draw at Liverpool.
Disciplined: Mourinho accepted his comments constituted improper conduct but denied they brought the game into disrepute – although the FA ruled otherwise. Fined £50,000 and warned as to future conduct.
Clarets confusion (October 29, 2016)
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second half against Burnley by referee Mark Clattenburg after allegedly using ‘abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official’ in the tunnel at half-time.
Disciplined: Mourinho admitted the charge and was given a one-match touchline ban and a fine of £8,000.
Hammered again (November 27, 2016)
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in 30 days after kicking a water bottle in a furious reaction to a booking for Paul Pogba during the 1-1 home draw with West Ham.
Disciplined: Banned for another game and fined £16,000.
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