Jose Mourinho has been handed a suspended one-match ban and fined £50,000 by the FA after he suggested that match officials were biased following his team’s loss to Southampton earlier this month.
The confirmed the punishment in a statement: “Mr Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016.”
The Portuguese launched a scathing attack on the officials following his side’s 3-1 loss to Ronald Koeman’s side , angered by referee Robert Madley’s refusal to award a spot-kick after Saints keeper Maarten Stekelenburg was thought to have brought down Falcao in the box.
“I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea,” Mourinho had said in a seven-minute rant.
“The result was 1-1 when it was a huge penalty, and, once more, we didn’t get one.
“And the penalty was a crucial moment in the game with the result 1-1.
“And, I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me, they can punish me. They don’t punish other managers, they punish me, but it’s not a problem for me.”