Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho faces a touchline ban after being hit with a second misconduct charge by the Football Association. The Portuguese coach was sent to the stands for the second half of the goalless Premier League draw with Burnley at Old Trafford following a half-time confrontation with match officials, including referee Mark Clattenburg.
Clattenburg turned down appeals for a first-half penalty when Jon Flanagan appeared to trip Matteo Darmian, leading to Mourinho launching a tirade of abuse at the official during the interval. Mourinho reappeared for the second period sitting in the Sir Bobby Charlton stand after being prohibited from returning to his position in the dugout. "It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area at half-time he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official," a statement from Wembley read.
Punishments could include a fine and a warning as to his future conduct, but if the details contained within Clattenburg's post-match report strongly implicate the United boss then he could face a short-term touchline ban. United face Swansea City, Arsenal and West Ham United in their next three domestic fixtures. Mourinho has until 6pm on 4 November to decide whether to contest the charge, which is the second to be handed down by the FA in as many weeks.
Mourinho is already in hot water with English football's governing body after being charged with bringing the game into disrepute after comments relating to referee Anthony Taylor prior to United's trip to Liverpool on 17 October. The two-time Champions League winner claimed the Altrincham-based Taylor would find it "difficult... to have a good performance" following outrage from Reds supporters at his appointment for the stalemate at Anfield.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss had until 6pm Monday (31 October) to respond to The FA charge, but it is yet unknown whether Mourinho plans to contest the action. A financial penalty is expected to be maximum punishment facing the manager, which would take overall fines paid since 2013 to in excess of £100,000.