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The FA deny Jose Mourinho's appeal, Chelsea manager banned for Stoke City match

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lost his appeal with the FA, and will now have to serve his previously suspended one-match stadium ban. The full statement from England's governing body is as follows:

An Appeal Board has dismissed the appeal from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in relation to a decision made by an Independent Regulatory Commission.

At the original commission hearing, Mr Mourinho was given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rules in relation to post-match media comments made following the game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.

The Appeal Board has upheld the original sanction and therefore it remains that Mr Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016.

Mourinho will now serve his ban* during this weekend's match against Stoke City, which some reports have suggested will be his last in charge of Chelsea. With any luck, we'll win that match emphatically, and be laughing at those reports several weeks from now.

* UPDATE: Maybe it's not this ban?  It's some ban.  So many bans!

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