Jose Mourinho Facing Potential FA Charge Over Comments Made Against Referee Anthony Taylor

Published on: 17 October 2016

Jose Mourinho is facing a possible Football Association charge after comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor ahead of Manchester United's match on Monday.

The Portuguese manager, who claimed that Taylor would find it "difficult" to take charge of United's away trip to North West rivals Liverpool, has until 6pm on Friday to explain his comments, according to theIndependent.

Jose Mourinho in the dock and facing potential FA charge and ban

Taylor was criticised in the build-up to Monday's 0-0 draw at Anfield after it was discovered that the 37-year-old match official was based in Manchester - a fact that led to pundits, fan and critics to level accusations of potential bias against him.

FA rules prevent managers from commenting on match officials' performances both before and after matches, and the organisation could now charge Mourinho over what he said if the ex-Chelsea, Porto and Real Madrid boss fails to give a good enough reason for his comments.

Mourinho, however, would not be handed a stadium ban due to the regulation - known as E3 - that he would be charged under, and would instead face a fine under current FA guidelines.

Mourinho was quizzed on Taylor's appointment in his pre-match press conference last Friday ahead of the bore draw on Merseyside, and stated that he believed Taylor could find it hard to maintain a control of proceedings due to the flak he had received.

Mourinho said at the time: "Somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him. I feel that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance."

Mourinho has already incurred the wrath of the FA on numerous occasions throughout his career in England - his most recent offence seeing the 53-year-old handed a one-match ban and £40k fine for being sent to the stands during a 2-1 defeat to West Ham United whilst in charge of Chelsea last November.

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