Jose Mourinho charged with misconduct by FA for referee rant

Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his post-match comments after Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat by Southampton.

The Portuguese manager ranted for seven minutes in response to a single question from Sky Sports.

Much of it focused on the refereeā€™s refusal to give a penalty when Falcao went down under a challenge from goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. He said: “But when you are so down, I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.

“The result was 1-1 when it was a huge penalty, and, once more, we didn’t get one. “And the penalty was a crucial moment in the game with the result 1-1. “And, I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me, they can punish me. They don’t punish other managers, they punish me, but it’s not a problem for me.”

Mourinho then went on to say that if the club sacks him, “they sack the best manager this club has had”. He has until 6pm on Thursday 8 October 2015 to respond to the charge.

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