Mourinho charged with misconduct

LONDON • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho faces a touchline ban after being charged with misconduct for the second time in less than a week by the Football Association (FA) yesterday.

The outspoken Portuguese manager's latest brush with authority came after he was sent to the stands during Saturday's goal-less home draw with Burnley.

Mourinho could now be hit with a ban if the FA charge of using abusive or insulting words towards a match official is upheld. He has until Friday to respond to the charge.

The under-pressure United boss was dismissed at half-time for protesting too vehemently to the officials, having seen Matteo Darmian denied what the United manager felt was a penalty.

"Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct following Manchester United's game against Burnley on Saturday," the FA said in a statement. "It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area at half-time, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match Official."

Only last Thursday, Mourinho was charged with misconduct over comments about referee Anthony Taylor ahead of United's goal-less draw against rivals Liverpool. No stranger to disciplinary hearings during his two spells at Chelsea and in Spain and Italy, Mourinho had until Monday to respond to that charge.

United finished at Old Trafford with 10 men after midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in a result that added to the growing pressure on Mourinho, with the Red Devils without a win in four league games and eight points behind the leaders.

A fine appears the most likely penalty for his comments about Taylor.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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