Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been handed a one-match suspended stadium ban and fined £50,000 by the FA for comments made about a referee.
The 52-year old criticised referee Robert Madley for failing to award Chelsea a penalty in the Blues’ 1-3 loss to Southampton.
Chelsea went 1-0 up but were pegged back just before half time. With the score at 1-1, Madley penalised striker Radamel Falcao for diving in the penalty area, with replays showing the Colombian was falling before he made contact with Saints keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
After the game Mourinho heavily criticised referees in general, saying:
“I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.
“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.”
Following the ruling, the FA, who have several run-ins with the Portuguese before, said in a statement:
An FA statement said:
“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.”