LONDON: Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 after a misconduct charge from the Football Association over comments by the Chelsea manager after a 3-1 defeat to Southampton.
He has also been warned he faces further punishment for any more such outbursts within the next 12 months.
The Portuguese coach was unhappy at the decision not to award a penalty when, with the score at 1-1, forward Radamel Falcao was upended by Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, and criticised referee Robert Madley in post-match media comments.
An FA statement said: “Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rules in relation to post-match media comments.
“The Chelsea manager was charged for misconduct following the game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.
“It was alleged his remarks constituted improper conduct in that they alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or brought the game into disrepute.
“Mr Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016.”
Chelsea, the Premier League champions, are 16th in the table, 10 points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Aston Villa.
Mourinho said he would only quit if he lost the backing of the players, with club captain John Terry stating the dressing room remained firmly behind the manager, while ahead of the international break, Chelsea subsequently took the unusual step of reiterating their backing in a statement on the official club website which read: ”The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.”
Forward Diego Costa will, though, be available against Villa having served a retrospective three-match suspension after his altercation with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny at Stamford Bridge last month.