Jose Mourinho charged by the FA after comments made about Anthony Taylor
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on October 27, 2016
Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association, following comments made about referee Anthony Taylor.
The comments by Mourinho were made before their substantially hyped fixture against arch-rivals Liverpool on the October 16th – in which Manchester-born Anthony Taylor was appointed referee for the game at Anfield.
This decision was greeted by controversy on social media, and ex-referees’ chief Keith Hackett joined the bandwagon in criticising Taylor’s appointment, saying “it would be intolerable” if a decision was disputed in the game, however refused to doubt his “integrity”.
The Portugese, too, described Taylor a “very good referee”. But Mourinho’s implications that “it will be difficult for him to have a good performance” had provoked an investigation by the FA into these comments. He told Sky Sports in his pre-match conference before the game;
I have my view, but I learned a lesson by being so many times punished by some words, so I don’t want to say anything about it.. I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee, but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance.
We are a team that plays with discipline, that is following everything that was told to us in the meetings that we had with the representatives of the Premier League and the referees.
As supporters in their droves lambasted the appointment, on the day of Mourinho’s conference in which he could not withheld his disappointment at the appointment, the Football Association immediately sought on investigating the matter.
And today, the FA announced on Twitter that the 53-year old would be charged regarding his comments.
— The FA (@FA) October 27, 2016
Mourinho has until 6pm on Monday 31st to respond; his comments being described as “bringing the game into disrepute contrary”.
Despite implications that Taylor may buckle under the pressure of referring a game of this magnitude, the game finished 0-0, and many concluded the 38-year old made good decisions throughout.
The charge comes after Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United defeated their local rivals, Manchester City at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup to gain a degree of revenge for the league defeat in September.