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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fails in appeal to overturn FA sanctions

By Staff Reporter

Jose Mourinho's fractious relationship with the Football Association deteriorated further last night as the Chelsea manager failed in his appeal against a suspended one-match stadium ban and £50,000 fine.

Mourinho was sanctioned for implying match officials were biased against the Premier League champions in comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton.

It was a charge he rejected, but his appeal was thrown out.

A statement from the FA read: "An appeal board has dismissed the appeal from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in relation to a decision made by an independent regulatory commission."

The 52-year-old Portuguese - banned from Stoke's Britannia Stadium tomorrow for a separate offence - was angry referee Robert Madley did not award a penalty when Radamel Falcao was instead booked for diving in a 3-1 loss to Saints.

Mourinho afterwards said officials were "afraid" to give Chelsea decisions and added: "Be honest with us and give us what you have to give, and it's a big penalty."

The ban which prevents Mourinho attending tomorrow's game at Stoke was imposed following his half-time dismissal at West Ham last month.

Only if Chelsea appeal will Mourinho be permitted to attend.

Champions Chelsea are 15th in the Premier League after six losses in the opening 11 matches.

Wednesday night's Champions League defeat of Dynamo Kiev was Chelsea's second win in six matches since Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of the 12-year Roman Abramovich era.

Mourinho is due to speak to the media this lunchtime.

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