Belfast Telegraph

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may face FA rap after outburst during West Ham defeat

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are anxiously waiting to hear whether they will face further sanctions today for "intimidating officials".

It comes after the manager's actions during the 2-1 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday plunged an already disastrous season deeper into controversy.

The Portuguese was sent to the stands during the half-time break at the Boleyn Ground, and the Football Association will today assess referee Jonathan Moss's report to decide whether to take action.

Mourinho will be hit with another fine if he is found to have been intimidating the referee, although it is possible he was merely sent to the stands so as to subdue what had been a fiery situation - with Chelsea having had both Nemanja Matic and coach Silvino Louro sent off, as well as Cesc Fabregas and John Terry booked.

There have been conflicting reports over what happened in the tunnel at half-time, although West Ham defender James Collins confirmed he saw Mourinho waiting for the referee.

Chelsea have only said there was then a "discussion", after which the Portuguese was in the stands.

Prior to that, the Chelsea manager had stayed on the sideline, despite the chaos unfolding before him in the five minutes prior to half-time.

That was all sparked when Matic received a second yellow card, for a foul on Diafra Sakho, bringing furious protests from Chelsea. Mourinho only offered a cynical smile, however, as two of his players were booked and Louro sent off.

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