Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for his media comments made following his side's 3-1 defeat to Southampton.

Mourinho accused Premier League officials of being "afraid" to award his side penalty kicks following the defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 3 October.

The FA confirmed via a statement: "Jose Mourinho has been charged for misconduct in relation to media comments he made following Chelsea's game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.

"It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute. He has until 6pm on Thursday 8 October 2015 to respond to the charge."

Mourinho was left furious over the decision that saw Radamel Falcao shown a yellow card when the Colombia international fell under a challenge by Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

I think it's time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea," he said post-match.

"The result was 1-1 when it was a huge penalty, 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."