English Premier League 2015-16

Worse and worse: Now Mourinho’s banned for make-or-break match against Stoke – and Eva’s suing him

Chelsea boss not allowed enter stadium for Stoke match, as doctor launches individual legal claim against him

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 November, 2015, 8:44am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 November, 2015, 8:44am

Already enduring the worst run of results in his Chelsea career, Jose Mourinho will be banned from the stadium for Saturday’s match at Stoke after being punished by the English Football Association.

And former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro is  launching an individual legal claim against the club’s embattled manager, Britain’s Press Association reported.

Mourinho admitted to a charge of misconduct toward the referee during a loss to West Ham last month and he has already been fined £40,000 (HK$478,000) by the FA’s regulatory commission.

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Mourinho was sent to the stands by the referee against West Ham on October 24, and the FA said the Portuguese coach “admitted an FA charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area during halftime.”

He will serve the one-match stadium ban on Saturday at Stoke, who ended the London club’s League Cup defence last week.

Many papers in the UK have reported that Mourinho must win the next two games to avoid the sack.

After Saturday’s loss to Liverpool, Mourinho refused to answer questions about refereeing decisions, saying he’d be punished again by the FA if he spoke his mind. That loss was Chelsea’s sixth in the Premier League this season, leaving the defending champions with 11 points from 11 games and sitting in 15th place.

Chelsea are struggling in the Champions League, going into Wednesday’s game against Dynamo Kiev with only four points from three games and third in the group.

On top of this, Chelsea is feeling the effects of Mourinho’s opening-day outburst toward Carneiro. Mourinho publicly criticised Carneiro before demoting her, with the club and manager now facing damaging legal action by the aggrieved doctor.

The additional, individual claim would oblige Mourinho to appear in person before an employment tribunal, unless an out-of-court settlement could be reached, potentially leaving him personally liable for damages.

The sanction on Monday marks the second time this season Mourinho has been punished by the FA. The Portuguese was fined 50,000 pounds and given a suspended one-match stadium ban after saying that officials were “afraid” to award his side a penalty following a 3-1 home defeat to Southampton at the start of October.