Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss. Tony O'Brien / Reuters
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss. Tony O'Brien / Reuters

Jose Mourinho awaits fate after being sent to stands in Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham



Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will learn in the coming days if he faces punishment for being sent to the stands during his side’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham United.

Mourinho has complained over the last few months that he feels there is a vendetta against him and his team as far as match officials are concerned.

The Football Association has already taken action against him for comments made to the media on that subject, imposing a £50,000 (Dh281,000) fine and a suspended 12-month stadium ban earlier this month.

The stadium ban will come into force if he breaches FA rule E3 — which obliges managers to “act in the best interests of the game” and “not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute” -- before October 16 next year.

Mourinho ensured he cannot be punished for any media comments by refusing to speak after Saturday’s match, which was decided by Andy Carroll’s late winner and also featured a red card for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.

But he may have to explain his part in referee Jon Moss’s decision to banish him to the stands at half-time, a fate that had already befallen first-team coach Silvino Louro during the first half.

Moss’s report will be sent to the FA in the next few days.

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Reports suggested Mourinho had attempted to enter the referee’s changing room without permission and if so the FA are likely to take a dim view.

Mourinho’s media silence also broke Premier League rules, although a fine in that instance would be against the club.

His expulsion followed a frantic period of play at Upton Park.

Mauro Zarate fired West Ham in front, Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma had a header cleared from right on the goal-line and Cesc Fabregas had an equaliser chalked off in a marginal offside decision.

Matic was dismissed shortly before half-time for a second yellow card, prompting first Louro and then Mourinho to incur sanctions from the referee.

The 10 men equalised through Gary Cahill early in the second half, but Carroll’s winner means Chelsea finished the day in 15th place — an extraordinary position for defending champions to be in.

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