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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho facing hefty fine after ref remarks

By Mark Ogden

Jose Mourinho is likely to be hit by a fine rather than a stadium ban from the FA after being charged with misconduct for comments about referee Anthony Taylor prior to Manchester United's Premier League clash with Liverpool earlier this month.

Having sought Mourinho's explanation for his remarks about Taylor, when he claimed it would be "difficult" for the official to perform at his best at Anfield following suggestions that he would be under an intense spotlight due to being Manchester-based, the FA confirmed yesterday that it had charged the former Chelsea manager.

In a statement, the FA said: "It is alleged his comments were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1). Mr Mourinho has until 6pm on Monday 31 October 2016 to respond to the charge."

Mourinho was fined £50,000 and given a 12-month suspended stadium ban last October for claiming referees were "afraid to give decisions for Chelsea" following a 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton.

However, the 12-month suspension expired 24 hours before Mourinho made his comments about Taylor in the wake of claims in the local media on Merseyside that the referee, an Altrincham supporter from the Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, was a contentious choice to take charge of the Liverpool-United fixture.

Mourinho could yet be issued with a stadium ban, but it is understood that a financial penalty is the most likely outcome.

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