Mour­inho charged over ref­eree com­ments

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED boss Jose Mour­inho has been charged by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for claim­ing it would be “dif­fi­cult” for ref­eree An­thony Tay­lor to of­fi­ci­ate their game with Liver­pool.

Mour­inho added ap­point­ing Tay­lor for the Oc­to­ber 17 match had put “pres­sure” on the Manch­ester-based of­fi­cial.

Man­agers are not sup­posed to speak about ref­er­ees prior to matches.

Mour­inho has un­til Oc­to­ber 31 to re­spond to a charge of im­proper con­duct and bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute.

Tay­lor is­sued four yel­low cards - all to Manch­ester United - in the 0-0 draw.

For­mer ref­er­ees’ chief Keith Hack­ett was among those to ques­tion the Pro­fes­sional Game Match Of­fi­cials Lim­ited’s (PGMOL) de­ci­sion to as­sign the match to Al­trin­cham sea­son-ticket holder Tay­lor, claim­ing it would be “in­tol­er­a­ble” if he got a big de­ci­sion wrong.

PGMOL stood down Le­ices­ter fan Kevin Friend in April when he was due to take charge of the Foxes’ ti­tle ri­vals Tot­ten­ham in their game against Stoke.

Mour­inho fore­saw the po­ten­tial for the FA to take ac­tion against him when he spoke be­fore the game, claim­ing that he “did not re­ally want to say too much more on the mat­ter. I have learned a les­son... by be­ing pun­ished so many times for my words about ref­er­ees”.

Man­agers were banned from talk­ing about of­fi­cials in the run-up to matches in 2009 in an at­tempt to pre­vent their com­ment from in­flu­enc­ing de­ci­sions.

The Por­tuguese was given a one-match sta­dium ban and fined £40,000 in Novem­ber after the FA backed ref­eree Jon Moss’ claims that the then-Chelsea man­ager re­fused to leave the of­fi­cials’ chang­ing room and ver­bally abused him and his col­leagues at half-time of a de­feat at West Ham. Mour­inho was also fined £50,000 for claim­ing that ref­er­ees were afraid to award penal­ties against his side last sea­son after the Blues were beaten 3-1 by Southamp­ton in Oc­to­ber. — BBC Sport

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