Unsurprisingly, Jose Mourinho was less than happy to be slapped with a £50,000 FA fine and a suspended one-game stadium ban for criticizing referees. Even more unsurprising was that the Chelsea boss had a harsh response to the penalties.
According to the Telegraph, while Mourinho was at an event to promote his new book “MOURINHO” he referred to the punishments as “a disgrace” and “astonishing.”
“£50,000 is a disgrace,” the Special One said. “The possibility of getting a stadium ban is astonishing.”
Mourinho also pointed to bitter-rival Arsene Wenger as getting away clean for similar behavior that went unpunished.
“The difference between afraid and weak and naive is £10,000 and one-match stadium ban,” said Mourinho.
“Afraid costs £50,000. Weak and naive – you can do it.”
Mourinho criticized referees for being “afraid” to give decisions to Chelsea in the Blues’ 3-1 loss to Southampton earlier this month. Earlier in the week, star striker Diego Costa was given a three-match ban for violent conduct during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal, which also resulted in a serious tongue-lashing directed at the FA.
The Telegraph reported that should Mourinho speak out again at all in the next 12 months, his ban will go into effect.
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