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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hit with double FA sanction

By Matt McGeehan

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined after his sarcastic appraisal of officials following the loss to Sunderland.

The Football Association announced yesterday evening that Mourinho had been fined £10,000 in relation to comments made about the match officials following the 2-1 Barclays Premier League reverse on April 19.

The Portuguese also failed in an appeal against his £8,000 fine for his conduct towards referee Chris Foy at the end of a defeat at Villa Park in March.

Mourinho lost his 77-match unbeaten home record in the Premier League to Sunderland, whose win at Stamford Bridge sparked a revival which secured their top-flight status.

Following the win, which saw his assistant Rui Faria sent to the stands and later given a six-match stadium ban, Mourinho congratulated his Chelsea players, Sunderland and then moved on to the officials.

Mourinho refused to answer questions from the media, instead making a statement.

He described referee Mike Dean's performance as "unbelievable" and "fantastic", before moving on to referees' chief Mike Riley, saying "what they are doing during the whole season is fantastic, especially in the last couple of months, especially in matches involving the teams that were in the title race, it's fantastic".

It was found that Mourinho's comments, in themselves, did not question the officials' integrity, but amounted to disrepute and improper conduct.

A FA statement read: "Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Jose Mourinho has been fined £10,000 in relation to comments he made after Chelsea's game against Sunderland on April 19, 2014.

"While the commission did not find that Mourinho's post-match comments called into question the integrity of the referee appointed and/or the integrity of Mike Riley, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, they did find that the comments brought the game into disrepute and the charge for improper conduct was found proven."

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