FA ap­peals against de­ci­sion to clear Mour­inho of foul language charge

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The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is ap­peal­ing against the de­ci­sion by an in­de­pen­dent reg­u­la­tory com­mis­sion to clear Jose Mour­inho of us­ing foul language at the end of Manch­ester United’s Pre­mier League match against New­cas­tle, the English game’s gov­ern­ing body an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed Mour­inho say­ing some­thing, ap­par­ently in his na­tive Por­tuguese, while at one point look­ing into a cam­era, as he headed to­wards the tun­nel after the fi­nal whis­tle of the 3-2 come­back win over New­cas­tle on Oc­to­ber 6.

But on Oc­to­ber 31 it was an­nounced the FA charge against Mour­inho of us­ing abu­sive language had been “not proven”. Now, how­ever, the FA has de­cided to pro­long the case with an ap­peal. “Hav­ing care­fully con­sid­ered the writ­ten rea­sons of the in­de­pen­dent reg­u­la­tory com­mis­sion re­lat­ing to the case in­volv­ing Jose Mour­inho, the FA can con­firm it is ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion, it said in a state­ment.

Mour­inho had been thought to have es­caped a touch­line ban fol­low­ing the orig­i­nal com­mis­sion de­ci­sion but this now re­mains a pos­si­bil­ity. How­ever, the Por­tuguese man­ager is ex­pected to take his seat on the touch­line for Sun­day’s derby with Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons and lead­ers Manch­ester City as the ap­peal hear­ing will not take place be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break.

The writ­ten rea­sons ex­plain­ing the com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion show that both Mour­inho and the FA em­ployed Por­tuguese language ex­perts. Mour­inho ac­cepted the words as­cribed to him by the FA’s ex­pert, but said they were an “in­wardly-di­rected ex­pres­sion of re­lief and hap­pi­ness”, with the man­ager ask­ing who in fact had been of­fended by his out­burst. It was a view en­dorsed by the com­mis­sion, who ruled: “We find that JM (Jose Mour­inho) was cel­e­brat­ing vic­tory with­out aim­ing the words at any­one in par­tic­u­lar. The words mouthed were a Por­tuguese col­lo­quial pro­fan­ity. Thus, the ob­jec­tive per­son would have had to lip read JM’s mouth and in­ter­pret Por­tuguese col­lo­qui­alisms to ac­cu­rately de­ci­pher the com­ments.”

Mour­inho could well face ques­tions about the ap­peal after United’s match away to Ital­ian giants Ju­ven­tus in the Cham­pi­ons League last night. Mour­inho had been un­der in­tense pres­sure head­ing into the New­cas­tle game at Old Traf­ford amid spec­u­la­tion he would be sacked as United had not won any of their four pre­vi­ous matches.

New­cas­tle went 2-0 up in­side 10 min­utes but United re­cov­ered to win, with Alexis Sanchez’s 90th-minute goal seal­ing vic­tory. The 55-year-old Mour­inho said after the match he had been the sub­ject of a me­dia “man­hunt”.

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