Chelsea boss Mourinho fined but avoids touchline ban after referee spat

Jose Mourinho will be allowed to sit in the dugout for Chelsea’s Premier League fixture with Manchester City on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph has reported, as the Football Association has imposed a fine rather than a ban on the manager after he was sent to the stands during his team’s win over Cardiff City.

Mourinho has been fined £8,000 for improper conduct after referee Anthony Taylor ordered him away from the touchline during the victory over the Welsh side. Mourinho was incensed at what he believed to be Cardiff’s time wasting and raised the point with Taylor – a little too strongly in the official’s mind, as he was dismissed.

Taylor explained the incident in his report and Mourinho has no qualms with what the referee described. “What the referee wrote is true,” Mourinho said. “I wasn’t aggressive, I wasn’t offensive, I just had a dis-agreement.

What he writes is exactly what happened and exactly why I didn’t understand why I went to the stands,” Mourinho continued. “And it’s exactly why the punishment is just a fine. I accept the fine and against Manchester City I can work.

City travel to Stamford Bridge a point and two places behind Chelsea, with the home side second, trailing Arsenal, and City in fourth. Liverpool separate the two clubs, level on points with Chelsea.

Mourinho will know well his City counterpart, Manuel Pellegrini, with their respective Real Madrid and Malaga sides coming up against each other in La Liga over recent seasons past.

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