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FA appeals against decision to clear Mourinho of abusive language charge

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 7 Nov 2018

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The Football Association (FA) has confirmed it will appeal against the decision not to punish Jose Mourinho with using abusive language following Manchester United’s Premier League victory over Newcastle United.

Mourinho was accused of making “abusive and/or insulting and/or improper” remarks to a television camera after his side’s dramatic 3-2 win at Old Trafford on October 6.

However, last week an independent regulatory commission ruled the charges against the United boss could not be proven.

The written reasons for that decision were published on Wednesday and the FA has decided to challenge the ruling, meaning Mourinho could still face punishment.

“Having carefully considered the written reasons on the independent regulatory commission relating to the case involving Jose Mourinho, the FA can confirm it is appealing the decision,” a tweet from the FA Spokesperson account read.

United’s victory, which came after they fell two goals down in the first half, followed a period of intense speculation on the future of the manager.

Mourinho had been criticised following a run of four games without a win in all competitions, prompting the former Chelsea boss to accuse the media of orchestrating a “man hunt” against him.

It was claimed Mourinho made offensive comments to the camera in Portuguese as he walked down the touchline to the tunnel after the final whistle.

In the explanation for the commission’s decision, the document stated that the panel believed Mourinho was “celebrating victory without aiming words at anyone in particular. His words were inaudible. We do not accept that he shouted the expression.”

The commission – who heard evidence from translators – also felt that given the words mouthed by Mourinho were “a Portuguese colloquial profanity” that would not insult “a typical person” who was able to lip read and decipher his language.

The report concluded that the panel did not “consider JM’s [Mourinho] language constituted abusive or insulting or improper act so that it was in breach of FA Rule E3, therefore on the balance of probabilities the charge is unanimously not proved.”

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