Football: FA charge Chelsea's Mourinho with improper conduct

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho, left, gestures and looks at the fourth official Trevor Kettle, right, he was then sent off by referee Anthony Taylor during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Chelsea's Stamfor
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho, left, gestures and looks at the fourth official Trevor Kettle, right, he was then sent off by referee Anthony Taylor during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium in London on Saturday, Oct 19, 2013. Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour during a Premier League game against Cardiff City, the FA said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour during a Premier League game against Cardiff City, the FA said on Monday.

Mourinho was ordered to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor 20 minutes from the end of Saturday's 4-1 win for protesting to the match official after becoming increasingly frustrated at what he perceived to be Cardiff's time-wasting tactics.

His assistant Steve Holland said after the game: "Jose is very frustrated and it stems from the time-wasting by the opposition from the first two or three minutes. We mentioned it politely to the fourth official and the referee.

"It was a deliberate ploy to break up the game and needed some action. Jose was furious on the touchline." Mourinho has until 1700 GMT (12am Singapore time, Friday) on Thursday to respond to the charge.