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Andre Villas-Boas Charged With Improper Conduct

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GENK, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 01:  Chelsea Manager Andre Villas Boas gestures during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Chelsea at the KRC Genk Arena on November 1, 2011 in Genk, Belgium.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
GENK, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 01: Chelsea Manager Andre Villas Boas gestures during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Chelsea at the KRC Genk Arena on November 1, 2011 in Genk, Belgium. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Andre Villas-Boas is facing a disciplinary charge from the FA over comments he made following Chelsea's 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers, a match marred by (take your pick) either a woeful loss of discipline on the Blues' part or a hilariously incompetent, one-sided display of refereeing from Chris Foy. Obviously, Villas-Boas chose the latter option and made it pretty clear in his post-game comments, and now he's having to pay a price for that.

I note with some disgust that Chris Foy continues to referee matches with no obvious punishment while an understandably frustrated manager gets in trouble, but since I've never protested when this happens to, say Sir Alex Ferguson I'm not going to kick much of a fuss up about it now. Villas-Boas knew he was going to get in trouble for what he said and said it anyway, so there's nothing unjust about him actually getting in trouble. Yeah, the system is stupid, but it's not like this is news. Hopefully the punishment isn't too severe - it's difficult to see how Foy's integrity was questioned here so I can't imagine it will be - and it's just a fine, rather than a touchline ban. A Chelsea match without Villas-Boas' sideline gesticulations would be completely pointless.

The charge itself is 'improper conduct' and Chelsea have until Tuesday to respond. I can't imagine there'll be an appeal, but whatever.