Faria ban reduced
Chelsea assistant manager Rui Faria has had his punishment reduced by the Football Association after his appeal against a six-match stadium ban was partly upheld on appeal.
The FA has announced Faria, who admitted two charges following his dismissal during the controversial Barclays Premier League loss to Sunderland, will serve a four-match stadium ban, with two games suspended.
It means the Portuguese, Jose Mourinho's right-hand man, has two games left to serve at the start of next season after missing the final two games of the recently completed campaign.
The FA said in a statement: "Chelsea coach Rui Faria has had his appeal against a six-match stadium ban and £30,000 fine in relation to the Sunderland game on April 19, 2014 partly upheld by an appeals board.
"Mr Faria was handed the punishment after he admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official (Phil Dowd) and that his behaviour following the match referee's (Mike Dean) request that he leave the technical area amounted to improper conduct.
"The appeal board ordered that the final two matches of the six-match stadium ban be suspended for 12 months and so they will only be invoked upon a proven breach of FA Rule E3 during that period.
"The £30,000 fine he was given at the original independent regulatory commission hearing remains unchanged."