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Jose Mourinho given deadline to respond over referee comments

Flickr: Aleksandr Osipov
Flickr: Aleksandr Osipov

Jose Mourinho has until 6pm on Friday to explain his comments about referee Anthony Taylor to the FA, reports the Guardian.

The Portuguese boss is facing a hefty fine for telling reporters it would be “difficult” for the Manchester-born official to have a good game when United faced Liverpool on Monday night.

Taylor, incidentally, conducted his duties very well despite the pressure placed on him ahead of the 0-0 draw.


He’s actually a season-ticket holder at Altrincham, with no ties to United whatsoever, but his appointment still raised eyebrows among Liverpool supporters.

Mourinho was evidently concerned that the opposite kind of bias could occur, but he must have known his comments would not go down well with English football’s governing body.


Managers are not supposed to discuss the selection of referees before a game, and while it didn’t appear to affect the game on the night, the Special One may well be on his way to yet another FA charge.

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