Jose Mourinho Handed One-Match Touchline Ban After Bottle Incident

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been given a one match ban by England’s Football Association.

Mourinho was charged by the FA over an incident in the Red Devils’ match against West Ham. He kicked a water bottle in protest of a booking handed by the referee to Paul Pogba over diving.

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He had until Thursday, December 1 to respond to the charge but has chosen to accept it, meaning he will serve the ban on Wednesday night in the cup quarter final with West Ham, rather than risk a longer run of games in the stands with an appeal.

He has also been fined £16,000 by English football’s governing body for what is his third offence in six weeks.

Mourinho served a touchline ban against Swansea after he was sent to the stands by referee Mark Clattenberg when United faced Burnley last month, and he was fined £50,000 after comments made about Anthony Taylor ahead of the Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 30 November 2016], Jose Mourinho will serve a one-match touchline ban with immediate effect.

The Manchester United manager admitted an FA charge that his behaviour in or around the 27th minute of the game against West Ham United on Sunday [27 November 2016] amounted to improper conduct.

He was also fined £16,000.”

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