Jose Mourinho will have to watch what he says for the next 12 months after being handed a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 for admitted to breaching Football Association rules.
The Chelsea manager was charged with misconduct for comments he made after the game against Southampton, when he said the officials were ‘afraid to give decisions for Chelsea’ during their 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
The football authorities consider the comment in breach of FA Rule E3, but decided to suspend the one-match stadium ban. However, should Mourinho make any further public comments in breach of the same rule the suspension will immediately be lifted.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during his side’s 3-1 defeat by Southampton
An FA statement said: ‘Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rules in relation to post-match media comments.
‘The Chelsea manager was charged for misconduct following the game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.
‘It was alleged his remarks constituted improper conduct in that they alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or brought the game into disrepute.
‘Mr Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016.’