Rui Faria handed six-match stadium ban for insulting the fourth official

Jamie McDonald

Man down!  Only Jose Mourinho remains alive as the FA's bullets whiz by overhead.

First it was Ramires, who was left with little choice other than to accept punishment for his stupid, petulant actions against tackle football aficionado Seb Larsson.  Now, it's Rui Faria, though the assistant first team coach's absence from the stadium probably won't be felt as obviously as any player's or manager's.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Chelsea's Rui Faria has been given a six-match stadium ban with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted two breaches of FA Rules.

The first breach was that Faria used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official during Chelsea's game against Sunderland on 19 April 2014.

The second breach was that his behaviour following the match referee's request that he leave the technical area amounted to improper conduct.

Faria, who requested a non-personal hearing, was also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct."

-source: Mail

So, let's see if we have this straight.  If you, a repeat offender, headbutt a player - however weakly - you get a three-match stadium ban and a four-match touchline ban.  If you yell at at the fourth official (Phil Dowd) and the incompetent match referee (Mike Dean), you get a six match stadium ban.

Just another fantastic decision by the FA then.  Carry on.

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