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Jose Mourinho is charged by FA over referee comments as Chelsea back boss

By Jim Van Wijk

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association over comments he made following the 3-1 defeat to Southampton.

The under-pressure Chelsea boss, who was given the backing of the club in an official statement yesterday, was later charged by the FA over his comments about referee Robert Madley.

The Premier League champions lie 16th in the table after a poor run of form which saw them suffer a fourth defeat in eight games on Saturday.

In a statement the FA said they had charged the Chelsea boss who was unhappy at the decision not to award a penalty when, with the scores at 1-1, Radamel Falcao was upended by Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The statement read: "It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute."

Mourinho had said after the Southampton defeat: "When everything goes against you, you need these decisions. One thing teams are not afraid of is to make penalties against us because they make them all the time and the referees never give them."

Earlier yesterday, Chelsea had expressed their confidence in Mourinho.

They took the unusual step of reiterating their backing in a statement, which read: "The club want to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.

"We believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it."

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