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English Premier League

Jose Mourinho charged by FA for second time in a week

Manchester United manager in hot water – being again charged with misconduct for verbally abusing the referee during a Premier League match with Burnley

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 November, 2016, 11:29pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 November, 2016, 11:29pm

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho found himself in more trouble with English soccer authorities on Tuesday when he was again charged with misconduct, this time for verbally abusing a referee in a Premier League game.

Five days after being charged for comments made about a referee ahead of a game, Mourinho was accused by the Football Association of using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official” during United’s 0-0 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday. He could be handed a touchline ban.

Mourinho was incensed that referee Mark Clattenburg did not award United a penalty following Burnley defender Jon Flanagan’s challenge on United’s Matteo Darmian in the area. Clattenburg didn’t give a foul.

The FA said it is alleged that Mourinho verbally abused the referee in the tunnel area at half-time. Mourinho watched the second half of the match in the stands.

Mourinho was already facing a sanction for questioning whether it would be difficult for referee Anthony Taylor to have a “very good performance” in a game against Liverpool on October 17, which finished 0-0. He was charged with misconduct last Thursday.

Managers are forbidden to speak about referees in the buildup to matches.

Mourinho has until Friday to respond to the latest charge, which adds to the problems building for the Portuguese coach as United struggle in his first season in charge.

After 10 games, United – the most decorated team in English soccer with 20 league titles – are eighth in the Premier League after only one win in their last seven games.