Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Chelsea

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 0 Man Utd

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Mourinho hit with FA charge

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association in relation to his behaviour during his side's game against Cardiff on Saturday.

Last Updated: 21/10/13 at 23:33 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager charged by Football Association

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager charged by Football Association

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Mourinho had been frustrated by Cardiff's time-wasting tactics during Chelsea's 4-1 victory at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

He was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor after voicing his anger midway through the second half, having felt aggrieved that the visitors were taking too much time over their set-pieces with the scores level at 1-1.

He has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the FA charge.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea's UEFA Champions League tie away to Schalke on Tuesday night, Mourinho kept his counsel over referee Taylor's decision to send him from the touchline.

However, he spoke at length about the time taken by Cardiff to return the ball to play when asked about Eden Hazard's equaliser. The Belgian's goal came after Samuel Eto'o had dispossessed Cardiff's David Marshall as the goalkeeper bounced the ball, contrary to FIFA rules.

Mourinho had no sympathy for the visitors, whom he believed to be time wasting throughout the match, and said: "If I was in that game and I was paying my ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took a median (average) of 21.5 seconds. That is a waste of money.

"When you multiply that by the number of times the game was stopped, you pay for 90 minutes but you see 55 or 60.

"For me, that's breaking the rules."

Mourinho insisted Eto'o's interception was an "intelligent action" and that Marshall's actions were a warning to aspiring goalkeepers, including his own son.

Mourinho added: "When I arrived home the first thing I told my kids who like to play goalkeeper: 'See the goal and don't be silly?' And he's 12."

Mourinho disagreed with FIFA's law 12, governing the incident, which states "the goalkeeper is considered to be in possession of the ball while in the act of bouncing it on the ground or tossing it into the air".

He added: "If, in this moment, FIFA says that it's a foul, it's a foul. But I think Samuel did well. Maybe the referee did wrong.

"In my opinion, that should be allowed as it was for years. No contact with the goalkeeper.

"The goalkeeper has six seconds to have the ball. They had almost half a minute. That's breaking the rules."

When Mourinho was banished to the stands, he sat alongside surprised supporters in club allocation seats behind the home dugout.

"I don't know the reason why the referee stopped me doing my work," Mourinho said.

"Until that moment (when he is informed why) I'm not going to make any comment.

"To be with the fans was not funny. It's frustrating. You want to communicate with the players and you couldn't do it."

Mourinho was also asked about another controversial 'goal' from the weekend, when Stefan Kiessling had one awarded for Bayer Leverkusen when the ball went through a hole in the net.

Mourinho said: "If I was the manager of Leverkusen, I would ask to repeat the game. If I was the manager of Hoffenheim, I would do the same.

"If I was working in the German Bundesliga - and you are one of the European countries that is not in economical problems - I don't understand why you don't spend a few million (euros) to bring technology on the line.

"If it was the Portuguese or the Greek league, I would say no chance. But with the German one, I don't know why you don't do it."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can win five in a row or lose five in a row... Or in Carver's case you can win one in a row or lose five in a row.

black_waltz
Carver: I'm up to the job

C

AMPAIGN, CAMPAIGN it's a clearly a CAMPAIGN

mario for pm
Chelsea's poor 'respect' rating

S

epp Blatter really is very, very good at this isn't he? Terrible human being, but really good at it.

megabrow (cufc)
Blatter 'like Jesus and Mandela'

Footer 365

Vinnie Jones says Leeds United do not need Russell Crowe takeover

Vinnie Jones admitted that Leeds United’s demise is a ‘sad situation’ and insisted Russell Crowe is not the answer.

Manchester City 2-0 West Ham: Sergio Aguero strikes in easy win

Manchester City closed the gap on Manchester United after a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Micky Adams leaves role as Tranmere Rovers manager

Micky Adams has left his role as Tranmere Rovers manager by mutual consent.

Mail Box

Respect, But Never Admiration For Chelsea

Football's about entertainment, the Mailbox says. Which means Manchester United supporters are happy with never winning the league if the football is good...

Wenger's Titles Down To United Woes...

Well, it's certainly one theory. Man United fans are out in force - decrying Wenger and defending FFP. We have mails on Coquelin, Coutinho and Mediawatch...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company