The FA are reportedly set to investigate comments made by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho regarding referee Anthony Taylor.
Taylor was appointed the official for United’s game against Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night, despite the fact that he’s from Wythenshawe.
That led to an angry reaction from some Liverpool supporters who felt that it was a questionable decision to say the least, but Mourinho has now risked facing more unwanted attention from the FA after sharing his opinion on the matter.
“I have my view, but I learned a lesson by being so many times punished by some words, so I don’t want to say anything about it.
“I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance.”
Given that managers and players are not allowed to comment on match officials prior to games, as per the league rules, Sky Sports now report that the Portuguese tactician could now expect a phone call from the FA if they decide that he has a case to answer.
Ultimately, Mourinho has insinuated that Taylor could now be influenced by the criticism the FA has received for not having an official from a different part of the country in charge of the game, and that is something that the FA will likely take seriously.
It’s added by The Sun, that Mourinho has escaped a potential stadium ban though given that he made his comments on Friday for the Sunday newspapers, but had he made his observations public earlier last week, he could have seen the ban activated which dates back to an outburst during his time at Chelsea last season.