Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is braced for a second touchline ban in the space of a month after being sent from the touchline by referee Jon Moss during the Premier League draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford. The Portuguese coach was order to watch the remainder of the game from the stands after kicking a bottle down the touchline in reaction to Moss cautioning Paul Pogba for diving shortly before the half-hour mark.
The episode is the second time Mourinho has been forced to watch his side away from his technical area after he clashed with Mark Clattenburg at half-time during the goalless draw with Burnley in October. Mourinho was handed a one-game ban, fined £8,000 and warned over his future conduct by The Football Association – a factor which could see him handed an increased punishment for his latest indiscretion. The former Real Madrid coach was also fined £50,000 for making comments about referee Anthony Taylor before the game against Liverpool at Anfield.
The FA take into account incidents from the last 12 months when considering fresh cases, meaning the United boss risks being prohibited from watching his team from the touchline for an extended period. The 53-year-old could even be absent for the return of West Ham in the English Football League Cup on Wednesday [30 November], should the sport's governing body fast-track their disciplinary process after receiving the post-match report from Moss.
"The referee explained it to Jose and there is nothing more to say," said United's assistant manager Rui Faria after Mourinho forwent his post-match media duties, according to Sky Sports. "I think there was frustration from Jose after the yellow card for Pogba. It should be a foul for us but the referee understood it in another way. I think everyone saw it but it is part of the game. It was the referee's decision."
Mourinho's actions, which came during United's fourth straight home draw, directly contravenes the new code of conduct for managers which was introduced at the start of last season. The guidelines, agreed to by The FA, Premier League, the League Managers Association [LMA] and Professional Footballers Association [PFA], attempted to curb a number of high-profile touchline incidents and warn coaches over their behaviour.
Moss and Mourinho have previous, with the County Durham official having dismissed the two-time European Cup winner during the back-end of his spell as Chelsea manager during the 2-1 loss to West Ham. He was given a £40,000 fine and a one-match stadium ban though with the incident having taken place outside of the last 12 months, The FA are unable to take it into account when they reflect on this latest misdemeanour.
Meanwhile, United host West Ham for the second time this week as they attempt to forget their worst start to a Premier League season and book their place in the EFL Cup semi-final. Pogba, following his fifth booking of the season, and Marouane Fellaini are both suspended while Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are both absent with knee and toe injuries.