Mourinho will not be facing touchline ban, charges 'not proven'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will not be facing touchline ban after charges of him using foul language during the match against Newcastle couldn't be 'proven'. It was alleged that Mourinho had bad-mouthed in front of a camera and pointed his little finger at the same after United staged a stunning comeback against Newcastle. However, FA can appeal against the ban. Details follow.
What does the FA statement say regarding Mourinho?
The FA statement regarding allegations against Mourinho clearly states, "A charge against Jose Mourinho for allegedly using language which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper has been found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today." FA also added that the written reason for the decision will be published in due course, but FA have the opportunity to appeal against the decision.
Mourinho has a history of disciplinary issues
This was not the first time that Mourinho has faced disciplinary charges. In 2011, he infamously poked then-Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye after Barcelona defeated Real Madrid. During the 2010-11 UCL campaign, Mourinho and four Real Madrid players were found guilty of using substitution to waste time, and the manager was handed a one-match ban consequently.
Mourinho was under pressure during the match
Before the match, Manchester United had lost and drawn two matches, and thus the entire team was under pressure to deliver a result. United were two goals down in a span of 10 minutes, but in the second half, strikes from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, and a stoppage-time goal from Alexis Sanchez won the match for United.