Jose Mourinho was left furious on Tuesday night after being charged with improper conduct by the FA for mouthing Portuguese obscenities into a television camera.
In an unprecedented case, Mourinho has become the first person in English football to face punishment for swearing in a foreign language following the incident after Manchester United’s win over Newcastle earlier this month.
Mourinho was said to be fuming over the FA’s decision after he was given until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge.
It’s understood the 55-year-old faces a touchline ban if found guilty, although a warning and fine would be the other options open to a disciplinary commission.
Mourinho could avoid the threat of being banned from the dugout when he returns to his old club Chelsea on Saturday by delaying his response until the last minute.
The three-man commission made up of former players and managers would not have enough time to sit before Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
It is alleged that Mourinho said ‘fodas filhos de puta’ – ‘f**k off sons of b*****s’ – in his native Portuguese at a TV camera as he walked down the touchline after United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
He also wagged his little finger in what was interpreted as a further insult to his critics following a difficult start to the season that has raised doubts over his future at United.
Even though Mourinho’s comments were in a foreign language, the FA decided they would have been understood in certain parts of the world where Premier League games are beamed live.
Linguistics experts were called in to confirm what he said and clarify its meaning, leading to Tuesday’s announcement.
JOSE MOURINHO’S DISCIPLINARY RECORD
Cardiff dismissal (October 19, 2013)
Sent to the stands during Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff by referee Anthony Taylor.
Disciplined: Charge of improper conduct accepted. Fine of £8,000.
Touchline ticking-off (March 15, 2014)
Dismissed by referee Chris Foy during an ill-tempered Chelsea loss at Aston Villa.
Disciplined: Contested a charge of improper conduct, unsuccessfully. Fined £8,000 and warned over future conduct.
Black day against Black Cats (April 19, 2014)
Following his first home Premier League loss as Chelsea boss, Sunderland ending Mourinho’s 77-game unbeaten Stamford Bridge run, he made a sarcastic appraisal of referee Mike Dean and referees’ chief Mike Riley.
Disciplined: Failed in a challenge over charges and was fined £10,000.
Saints and a sinner (December 28, 2014)
Complained of a “clear campaign” against Chelsea after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and instead booked in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Disciplined: Fined £25,000 after unsuccessfully contesting improper conduct charge.
Another Saintly episode (October 3, 2015)
Criticised referee Bobby Madley following a 3-1 loss to Southampton, saying referees were “afraid” to give Chelsea penalties and told officials to “be honest with us”.
Disciplined: Judged to have implied bias, fined £50,000 and given a suspended one-match stadium ban. Had an appeal rejected.
Hammered (October 24, 2015)
After Chelsea imploded late in the first half, Mourinho was sent to the stands at West Ham for a half-time “discussion” with referee Jonathan Moss.
Disciplined: Handed one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 after admitting FA charge of misconduct. Opted not to appeal and missed a match at Stoke.
Referee reference (October 27, 2016)
Charged with misconduct after commenting about referee Taylor prior to Manchester United’s goalless draw at Liverpool.
Disciplined: Mourinho accepted his comments constituted improper conduct but denied they brought the game into disrepute – although the FA ruled otherwise. Fined £50,000 and warned as to future conduct.
Clarets confusion (October 29, 2016)
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second half against Burnley by referee Mark Clattenburg after allegedly using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official” in the tunnel at half-time.
Disciplined: Mourinho admitted the charge and was given a one-match touchline ban and a fine of £8,000.
Hammered again (November 27, 2016)
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in 30 days after kicking a water bottle in a furious reaction to a booking for Paul Pogba during the 1-1 home draw with West Ham.
Disciplined: Banned for another game and fined £16,000.
A statement from the FA read: ‘Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on 6 October 2018.
‘It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper. He has until 6pm on 19 October 2018 to respond to the charge.’
It raises the issue of other foreign managers in the Premier League having to mind their language near the television cameras in future.
The only other case of its kind resulted in former United striker Wayne Rooney being hit with a two-match suspension in April 2011 for swearing into a camera after scoring a hat-trick at West Ham.
On that basis, a touchline ban remains the most likely outcome for Mourinho.
He has already served a suspension on two separate occasions at United after being sent to the stands twice in his first season at Old Trafford, although that will have no bearing on the latest charge.
The Portuguese boss was driven into the club’s Carrington training complex by a chauffeur on Tuesday morning ahead of preparing his players for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
MAN UNITED’S NEXT FIVE FIXTURES
Chelsea (A) – October 20
Juventus (H) – October 23
Everton (H) – October 28
Bournemouth (A) – November 3
Juventus (H) – November 7
Mourinho arrived in a Jaguar, a company who the under-fire manager works for as an ambassador.
He will be hoping his under performing side can follow up their win over Newcastle by pulling off what would be a surprise result in west London.
United’s comeback win over the Magpies ensured Mourinho remained in his role as Red Devils boss. He reportedly held talks with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward this week after intense speculation regarding his future.
The 55-year-old remains under severe pressure at United following a poor start to the Premier League season and public fallouts with a host of key players, including Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
According to The Sun, Mourinho was due to meet with Woodward in London for talks over his job before meeting with the United board later in the week.
It is reported Mourinho is convinced the club are already planning for his departure — and if Woodward can assure him this is not the case, he will use the meeting to demand money for transfer spending in January.
Mourinho is unhappy as he does not feel Woodward sufficiently backed him in the summer, and is especially keen on signing a new centre back.
United’s transfer bill is likely to grow even larger if Mourinho stays, and not just because the boss wants new players.
A large majority of Mourinho’s first-team players will be returning to Carrington over the next few days following their exploits with their international teams.