Mou blues loom

Jose sent to the stands as Red Devils are con­tained

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY JOE BERN­STEIN /

Jose Mour­inho was sent off for the first time as Manch­ester United man­ager on Satur­day and could face a sta­dium ban in the lat­est flash­point of his con­tro­ver­sial ca­reer.

Mour­inho was forced to watch the sec­ond half of United’s dis­ap­point­ing 0-0 draw against Burn­ley from the stands af­ter a row with ref­eree Mark Clat­ten­burg dur­ing the in­ter­val over his de­ci­sion not to award United a penalty. In­cred­i­bly, it was the 13th time Mour­inho has been pun­ished dur­ing his time as man­ager of Porto, Chelsea, In­ter Mi­lan, Real Madrid and now United.

He al­ready faces one charge of mis­con­duct from the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion fol­low­ing com­ments he made about ref­eree An­thony Tay­lor prior to United’s game against Liver­pool on Oc­to­ber 17.

Mour­inho’s ca­reer has been lit­tered with fines and sus­pen­sions and he also faced crit­i­cism for pok­ing Pep Guardi­ola’s as­sis­tant Tito Vi­lanova in the eye dur­ing a heated Cla­sico game be­tween Real Madrid and Barcelona.

He com­plained last week about the qual­ity of his life liv­ing in a Manch­ester ho­tel and there will be those as­so­ci­ated with United who will be alarmed that Mour­inho’s be­hav­iour will re­flect badly on the club.

The high drama be­gan when Mour­inho re­acted wildly on the touch­line af­ter one of his play­ers, Mat­teo Darmian, fell in the penalty area fol­low­ing a chal­lenge by Burn­ley’s Jon Flana­gan.

Mr Clat­ten­burg waved away United’s penalty ap­peal and Mour­inho con­tin­ued to protest as the teams went in for half­time. Af­ter be­ing told he wouldn’t be al­lowed back in the dug-out, Mour­inho tried to take a seat in the front row of the stand to be close to the ac­tion but was sent away where he fi­nally found a place at the end of a row in the direc­tors’ box.

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