Mourinho fined, warned for Villa Park conduct

Apr 10, 7:52 AM

LONDON - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 ($13,400, 9,700 euros) and warned about his future conduct after being sent off at Aston Villa last month, the Football Association announced on Thursday.

A statement on the FA website said: "Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct following an independent regulatory commission hearing."

Mourinho requested a personal hearing with the FA after he was charged with improper conduct for being sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy during the dying stages of a 1-0 loss at Villa Park in the Premier League.

"Mourinho denied a breach of FA rule E3 in that his behaviour in re-entering the field of play and approaching the match referee in an attempt to speak to him ... amounted to improper conduct," the FA said.

"However, the charge was found proven at a personal hearing on Wednesday, April 9."

Mourinho was sent off following a touchline melee sparked by an ugly foul on Karim El Ahmadi by Ramires that earned the Chelsea midfielder a red card. His team-mate Willian was also sent off during the game.

The Chelsea manager claimed that he had only gone onto the pitch to act as a peacemaker, but he was promptly sent to the stands by Foy.

Mourinho has been virulent in his criticism of Foy since the game, which was the first of two consecutive defeats that have jeopardised Chelsea's bid for the Premier League title.

"What happened in the defeat against Villa I never learn, I never accept," he said recently.

"Somebody was very successful in putting a hurdle in front of us. And we crashed the hurdle against Aston Villa, and we lost. Villa was not a normal football match and we always hope that football matches are normal."

Mourinho was also sent to the stands during a 4-1 win at home to Cardiff City last October, for which he was fined £8,000.

Chelsea are currently two points behind leaders Liverpool in the league table and on Tuesday secured a place in the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-0 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

Mar 21, 8:55 AM

Mourinho to contest FA misconduct charge

Mar 21, 8:55 AM

LONDON, March 21, 2014 - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho announced on Friday that he will contest the charge of improper conduct levelled by the Football Association following his side's defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.

The Portuguese was charged after entering the field of play during added time of a contentious game that ended with Mourinho's side reduced to nine men following the dismissals of Willian and Ramires.

Mourinho, who was fiercely critical of the performance of referee Chris Foy after the game, revealed that he will dispute the charge when he formally responds to the FA on Monday.

Speaking at his media briefing ahead of Chelsea's meeting with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, he said: "I don't accept the charges. I have to wait until Monday and work out what I will do.

"For you, it's enough to know that, for obvious reasons, I don't accept the charges."

Members of both benches encroached onto the playing area at Villa Park immediately after Ramires's studs-up challenge on Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, which earned him a red card.

Mourinho was sent to the stands when he again crossed the touchline to approach Foy after the referee had cleared the pitch.

The Portuguese was fined £8,000 (£13,200, 9,600 euros) earlier this season after being dismissed at Cardiff City and can expect a fine of around £10,000 if he fails to overturn the latest charge.

Arsenal's trip to Stamford Bridge will mark Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners.

Mourinho's relationship with the Arsenal manager has often been strained and was marked by a fractious exchange in February when the Chelsea manager described his opposite number as a "specialist in failure".

'Difficult' to emulate Wenger

Mourinho refused to discuss that exchange, but said that he admired Wenger's longevity.

Asked if he would like to pay tribute to the Frenchman, he said: "The tribute is to say that I believe that any one of us, we would love to have the same privilege with our clubs.

"I admire him and I admire Arsenal, because it's not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments, and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot. I admire the manager and the club."

Mourinho also made it clear that he would like to emulate Wenger with an extended spell in charge of one club.

"I would like to do it, but it's very, very difficult," he said. "It was always difficult. In modern football, it's even more difficult.

"If I accumulate my first three and a bit years with Chelsea and this one, I have a few. Let's see if I can reach, not 1,000, but 500. It would be fantastic."

Wenger has never managed to register a victory against a Mourinho team in 10 attempts, but the Chelsea manager does not think that record will have any bearing on Saturday's meeting.

"It doesn't matter," he said. "It's not against him. It's Chelsea against Arsenal. I didn't play Arsenal with Inter, Madrid or Porto; just Chelsea.

"It's Arsenal v Chelsea, not me against him. Records don't play any role: a match is a match. It's not coach against coach, it's team against team."

Mar 19, 2:21 PM

Mourinho charged with improper conduct by the FA

Mar 19, 2:21 PM

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA.

Mourinho was sent off by referee Chris Foy near the end of Chelsea's 1-0 loss at Aston Villa last Saturday. Two of Mourinho's players, Ramires and Willian, were already shown red cards in the game.

The FA explained their ruling in an official statement:

It is alleged the Chelsea manager’s behaviour in re-entering the field of play in or around the 90th minute of the fixture and approaching the Match Referee amounted to improper conduct.

Mourinho has until 6:00 p.m BST to respond to the charge. 

Mar 17, 11:19 AM

Mourinho asks Premier League to stop appointing Chris Foy to Chelsea matches

Mar 17, 11:19 AM

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has bemoaned the appointment of referee Chris Foy following his club's 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday, and has suggested that the official should not be sent to oversee any of Chelsea's remaining Premier League matches.

Foy sent off both Willian and Ramires at Villa Park, before banishing the Portuguese manager to the stands late in the contest.

During his post-match press conference, Mourinho did his best to avoid criticising Foy, but ultimately, he could not hold his tongue.

Per FOX Soccer:

"Maybe it's helpful that the (Premier League referees') committee doesn't send him (Foy) to our matches," said Mourinho.

"I don't have the right to request (that). It's just I think they have to analyse the situation and see if every time he has Chelsea - or not every time - but many times he has Chelsea and problems are there, I think maybe it would be a good decision."

Mourinho noted that it was his players who brought up the concern over Foy's appointment in the build-up to the match.

"The players were speaking about it during the week," Mourinho added. "They have a reason.

"I never care who the ref is. I don't want to know. But during the week the players were speaking about the situation and I think from now on the next time we have Mr. Foy I have to work my people in a different way."

As is his specialty, the outspoken bench boss has once again straddled the line between making a comment that could cost him a fine, and doing just enough to cause the league's governing body to take a second before making a decision that impacts his team.

It will be very interesting to see if Foy does indeed oversee any other Chelsea matches this season.