FA fines Chelsea manager Mourinho
The English Football Association has fined Jose Mourinho 8,000 pounds ($13,000) after the Chelsea manager admitted to improper conduct during a touchline confrontation with a referee at a Premier League match.
Mourinho was ordered from the touchline in the 70th minute of Chelsea's 4-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday after taking exception to referee Anthony Taylor warning defender Branislav Ivanovic over time-wasting at a throw-in. Mourinho sat among fans for the rest of the game.
Mourinho lost his temper after being frustrated at perceived time-wasting by Cardiff.
A statement from the FA read: "Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behavior in or around the 69th minute of his side's game against Cardiff City on 19 October 2013 amounted to improper conduct. The fine is the standard penalty for the offense."
The Portuguese lost his temper with referee Anthony Taylor when he asked Branislav Ivanovic to speed up taking a throw-in, having seen Cardiff get away with time-wasting earlier in the game. There was talk Mourinho would be handed a touchline ban for his outburst, but he has been given the standard FA fine after admitting improper conduct.
Mourinho addressed the subject after Chelsea's Champions League win over Schalke on Tuesday, saying: "What the referee wrote is true. I was not aggressive, I was not offensive. I just had a disagreement.
"That in the game is resolved with 'shut up and sit down', (you) don't need to go to the stands. I accept the fine and against Manchester City (on Sunday) I can work."
FOXSoccer.com's newswire services contributed to this report.