FA launches appeal after Jose Mourinho cleared of misconduct charge

Ruben Hill
November 7, 2018

Mourinho had been thought to have escaped a touchline ban following the original commission decision but this now remains a possibility.

Mourinho was charged after he swore in his native Portuguese into a TV camera after United's dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle on October 6.

A statement from the governing body read: "Having carefully considered the written reasons of the Independent Regulatory Commission relating to the case involving Jose Mourinho, the FA can confirm it is appealing the decision".

This context is acknowledged in the written reasons for the Commission's decision to find the FA charge against the Manchester United manager not proven.

Now, however, the FA has made a decision to prolong the case with an appeal.

Yet it has emerged the commission picked holes in the submission of the lip reading expert, Pedro Xavier, that the FA instructed to assist their case after Mourinho was caught swearing in Portuguese into a television camera as he walked along the touchline at the end of the Newcastle game.

Mourinho had been under intense pressure heading into the Newcastle game at Old Trafford amid speculation he would be sacked as United had not won any of their four previous matches.

It was also taken into consideration that the game had ended in dramatic fashion with Alexis Sanchez scoring a stoppage-time victor after United had been 2-0 down at half time.

Xavier alleges Mourinho said said "Vós sois uns filhos da puta" twice, which translates as "sons of a whore".

Mourinho used Simao Valente, an assistant professor at the University of Lisbon and expert in the Portuguese language.

He argued the phrase "filhos da puta" - literally "sons of a whore" - should be more contextually translated as a phrase like "hell yeah".

The FA say they do not accept that reasoning and believe Mourinho used the words to cause offence.

In their written reasons, the commission said: "We find that JM was celebrating victory without aiming the words at anyone in particular".

"We accept evidence that a typical person fluent in Portuguese colloquialisms would not feel insulted or offended from what they saw or interpreted from the footage, rather would understand JM to be very happy about something good that had just happened to him against all odds".

A lip reader was used by the FA to try to interpret what Mourinho said as he made his way towards the tunnel, with the Portuguese's remarks subsequently deemed as offensive.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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