Jose Mourinho may be losing his touch when it comes to modern football, but his penchant for controversies and his torrid love affair with The FA continues strong as ever. Even when he’s winning he can’t help himself. And while that’s probably still endearing if he’s the manager of “your” team, for everyone else, it’s just a bit silly at this point.
Take his most recent match, the come-from-behind 3-2 win over Newcastle. He began the match with the axe hanging over his neck, and he could surely feel the breath of the blade after falling behind 2-0 in the first ten minutes. So it’s certainly understandable that he’d feel the need to act out after Alexis Sanchez completed the mighty comeback in the dying moments of the contest.
The FA however have taken a less understanding route, as they’re wont to do, and charged the twice over former Chelsea boss with “abusive and/or insulting and/or improper” language. It was a scene (and some of the words) reminiscent of the verbal abuse portion of the Carneiro incident, for which he faced a potential five-match ban before being cleared — though that situation also had much bigger issues at stake, too, obviously.
Wonder who Mourinho is directing this towards. Walks off after the match saying in Portuguese, dangling his little finger: “Enfia-o no cu, filho da puta.” Stick it up your arse, son of a bitch. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/xDyjwnTksE— Ben Grounds (@Ben_Islington) October 6, 2018
Mourinho has until Friday evening to respond. If he accepts the charges, he could be suspended for Saturday’s showdown at Stamford Bridge. He could also be just fined, but given his history, The FA’s unlikely to go easy on him. Or he could fight the charges, but surely even he knows that will only open him up to further ire from the governing body.