Jose Mourinho has been daring Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to fire him after losing four of his first eight matches this season, but this latest gaffe will just make it more and more difficult for the Russian billionaire to keep the pink slip in his pocket.
According to the Metro, Mourinho is facing a ban for misconduct from the Football Association for openly criticizing the officiating of Chelsea’s 3-1 home loss to Southampton this past weekend.
Following the loss Mourinho criticized the referees for being “afraid” to give penalty calls to Southampton.
“The result 1-1 is a huge penalty and once more we don’t get and a penalty is a crucial moment in the game with the result at 1-1, and I repeat that if FA wants to punish me they can punish me they don’t punish other managers but they punish me, it’s not a problem for me,” Mourinho said.
“But I want to repeat because I think that my players deserve it, Chelsea fans deserve it. I am a Chelsea fan too and I want to say it again.
“Referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. Why? Because when they give there’s always a question mark from you, there’s always a question there’s always a critique.”
The Special One has until Tuesday to respond to the charges, and will be subject to a fine or a suspension if found guilty.
The announcement comes the same day that the Chelsea front office gave Mourinho the dreaded “public vote of confidence” – an ironic public statement that more often than not has spelled the end for many elite manager’s tenures.
Mourinho led the Blues to Premier League and League Cup titles in the 2014-15 season, but the new season started on a sour note with a draw against Swansea City that included a highly-controversial spat with club doctor Eva Carneiro.
Since the start of the season, Chelsea have two wins, two draws and four losses and only eight points on the Premier League table. To date, the Blues are only 16th on the table with the 2nd most goals allowed in the league.
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