Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match ban and fined £50,000 by the Football Association after criticising the referee during Chelsea's 3-1 home defeat to Southampton on 3 October. Mourinho blasted the official's decision to deny his side a spot kick early in the second half, when Radamel Falcao was apparently brought down in the box by Maarten Stekelenburg. The Colombia international was instead booked for diving.
"I think it's time to be a little bit honest and to say the referees are clearly afraid to give decisions for Chelsea," Mourinho said post-match. "The result was 1-1 when there was a huge penalty call, and, once more, we didn't get one. And the penalty was a crucial moment in the game with the result 1-1. And, I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me, they can punish me. They don't punish other managers, they punish me, but it's not a problem for me."
The FA subsequently charged the Portuguese gaffer with misconduct and have fined him £50,000 and given a suspended one-match ban – meaning the punishment will only be enforced if he repeats the offence within 12 months.
"Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rules in relation to post-match media comments," the FA stated. "The Chelsea manager was charged for misconduct following the game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.
"It was alleged his remarks constituted improper conduct in that they alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or brought the game into disrepute. Mr Mourinho's suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016."