Mourinho to contest FA charge of ‘improper conduct’ after Arsenal game

Johannesburg, Mar 22: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has announced that he would contest the charge of improper conduct levelled by the Football Association (FA) following his side’s defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.

The Portuguese was charged after entering the field of play during added time of a contentious game that ended with Mourinho’s side reduced to nine men following the dismissals of Willian and Ramires.

According to Sport24, Mourinho, who was fiercely critical of the performance of referee Chris Foy after the game, revealed that he would dispute the charge when he formally responds to the FA on Monday, after his team’s meeting with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The report however, said that members of both benches encroached onto the playing area at Villa Park immediately after Ramires’ challenge on Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, which earned him a red card, adding that Mourinho was sent to the stands when he again crossed the touchline to approach Foy after the referee had cleared the pitch.

The report mentioned that the Portuguese was fined 8,000 pounds earlier this season after being dismissed at Cardiff City and can expect a fine of around 10,000 pounds if he fails to overturn the latest charge.

Arsenal’s trip to Stamford Bridge will mark Arsene Wenger’s 1 000th game in charge of the Gunners, the report added. (ANI)