Mour­inho charged by FA for 2nd time in a week

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho found him­self in more trou­ble with English soc­cer au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day when he was again charged with mis­con­duct, this time for ver­bally abus­ing a ref­eree in a Premier League game.

Five days af­ter be­ing charged for com­ments made about a ref­eree ahead of a game, Mour­inho was ac­cused by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of us­ing "abu­sive and/or in­sult­ing words to­wards a match of­fi­cial" dur­ing United's 0-0 draw against Burn­ley at Old Traf­ford on Satur­day. He could be handed a touch­line ban.

Mour­inho was in­censed that ref­eree Mark Clat­ten­burg did not award United a penalty fol­low­ing Burn­ley de­fender Jon Flana­gan's chal­lenge on United's Mat­teo Darmian in the area. Clat­ten­burg didn't give a foul.

The FA said it is al­leged that Mour­inho ver­bally abused the ref­eree in the tun­nel area at half­time. Mour­inho watched the se­cond half of the match in the stands.

Mour­inho was al­ready fac­ing a sanc­tion for ques­tion­ing whether it would be dif­fi­cult for ref­eree An­thony Tay­lor to have a "very good per­for­mance" in a game against Liver­pool on Oct. 17, which fin­ished 0-0. He was charged with mis­con­duct on Thurs­day.

Man­agers are for­bid­den speak about ref­er­ees in to the buildup to matches.

Mour­inho has un­til Fri­day to re­spond to the lat­est charge, which adds to the prob­lems build­ing for the Por­tuguese coach as United strug­gles in his first sea­son in charge.

Af­ter 10 games, United — the most dec­o­rated team in English soc­cer with 20 league ti­tles — is eighth in the Premier League af­ter only one win in its last seven games. United was the se­cond big­gest spen­der among English clubs in Europe's off­sea­son trans­fer win­dow with an out­lay of an es­ti­mated $170 mil­lion, in­clud­ing the sign­ing of France mid­fielder Paul Pogba for a world-record fee.

Mour­inho also re­peat­edly talked him­self into trou­ble with the FA dur­ing his time as Chelsea man­ager.

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