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Jose Mourinho charged over Southampton remarks

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The FA has decided to charge Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with misconduct, following criticisms he made about a referee decision following a match played in December. Here's what they had to say on the matter:

Jose Mourinho has been charged by The FA for misconduct in relation to media comments he made following Chelsea’s game against Southampton on 28 December 2014.

It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a referee or referees and/or bring the game into disrepute.

He has until 6pm on 13 January 2015 to respond to the charge.

Mourniho was rightfully critical of the decision to book Cesc Fabregas for a dive, in which he should have been awarded a penalty instead. In this instance, however, I took Mourinho's remarks to be aimed at the media creating a campaign against Chelsea, as opposed to accusing the referees themselves of having an agenda.

Still, the FA have decided to sanction Mourinho for those comments, regardless of the fact that they weren't directed at the referees themselves. Shocking, isn't it?

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