FA appeals against decision to clear José Mourinho over touchline language

Annette Crawford
Ноября 7, 2018

The Football Association is appealing the decision by an independent regulatory commission to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language at the end of Manchester United's Premier League match against Newcastle.

However, the Portuguese manager is expected to take his seat on the touchline for Sunday's derby with Premier League champions and leaders Manchester City as the appeal hearing will not take place before the global break.

The United manager requested a non-personal hearing and the club said they presented a strong defence against the FA's charge which was dropped by an independent panel.

Mourinho accepted the words ascribed to him by the FA's expert witness, but claimed they were an "inwardly-directed expression of relief, happiness and determination".

The commission revealed they took into account the scrutiny Mourinho was under at the time with the result against Newcastle coming on the back of four matches without a win and intense speculation in the media the 55-year-old was on the verge of being sacked.

But the FA have chose to appeal the decision after considering written reasons by the Independent Regulatory Commission inquiry.

The written reasons also detail how the FA's linguistic expert Pedro Xavier says Mourinho twice used the phrase "Vós sois uns filhos da puta" - translating to "sons of a whore" and explaining that the phrase is, "highly offensive, especially if the people involved are not close".

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It was argued that they were inaudible and comprehensive only to "a person possessed of sufficient lip-reading skills and a deep expertise in Portuguese colloquialisms".

It led the commission to rule: "We find that JM (Jose Mourinho) was celebrating victory without aiming the words at anyone in particular".

'The words mouthed were a Portuguese colloquial profanity.

" In this case, JM was celebrating victory following a significant and dramatic conclusion to the game, without aiming the words at anyone in particular, the comments were inaudible, said in another language, and even if a Portuguese speaker could decipher what was said by lip reading, this translated to "f*** yeah" or "hell yeah" which we find is not improper in the context and manner in which it was said".

Mourinho's charge for alleged abusive language following last month's game between Manchester United and Newcastle was found not proven.

"Consequently, it was superfluous to go on to consider the remaining issue of legitimate expectation".

United play Juventus in the Champions League tonight knowing a win is crucial to maintaining their group progression hopes.

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