José Mourinho fined £8k after sending off

Chelsea manager was sent to the stands after ‘disagreement’ with referee Anthony Taylor


José Mourinho has been fined £8,000 following his sending off against Cardiff on Saturday.

The Chelsea manager admitted a charge of improper conduct after he was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor during the Blues’ controversial 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

A statement from the Football Association read: “Chelsea manager José Mourinho has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behaviour 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 offence.”

Mourinho sat with surprised supporters after being ordered from the touchline midway through the second half after repeatedly voicing his frustration to Taylor and the fourth official Trevor Kettle.

Mourinho accused Cardiff of employing time-wasting tactics from early in the match. He had already revealed he would accept his punishment, always expected to be a fine, having read the referee’s report.

Speaking following the 3-0 Champions League win at Schalke on Tuesday, he said: “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.”

The Blues will go into that match at Stamford Bridge a point clear of their opponents.

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