FA appeals against decision to clear José Mourinho over touchline language

Jose Mourinho: Football Association to contest decision not to charge Man Utd boss

Jose Mourinho: Football Association to contest decision not to charge Man Utd boss

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

But now the FA have opted to appeal the charge, meaning Mourinho could yet find himself in hot water.

The Football Association has confirmed that it is appealing against an independent commission's decision to clear José Mourinho of using foul language following Manchester United's 3-2 win against Newcastle.

The Commission ruled against the FA, deciding that the context of the comment was important, and that the FA expert had failed to prove that the words Mourinho used were in themselves were abusive, insulting or improper.

However, the Portuguese manager is expected to take his seat on the touchline for Sunday's derby with Premier League champions and leaders Manchester City as the appeal hearing will not take place before the global break.

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. "The words mouthed were a Portuguese colloquial profanity", read the report.

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" In reply to the charge, JM served his own expert report from Simao Valente, an Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon and an expert in the Portuguese language, including colloquialisms". Thus, the objective person would have had to lip read JM's mouth and interpret Portuguese colloquialisms to accurately decipher the comments. He translated these words to mean "Go take it in the a**e, sons of the whore" in the literal sense, and "F*** off you sons of b*****s" or "F*** off you a***holes" as an idiomatic translation.

Valente considered the idiomatic translation was not entirely adequate or accurate as the context of United's hard match was needed along with their hard start to the season and "significant criticism in the media".

JM [Mourinho] was clearly celebrating it, without aiming the words at anyone in particular. "In a professional context it is absolutely offensive". Xavier said that he believed Mourinho twice said "Vós sois uns filhos da puta", which Xavier said translates to "sons of a whore" in English.

To support his case, Mourinho also produced a list of examples where managers and players have sworn during matches and not faced FA charges.

Mourinho's charge for alleged abusive language following last month's game between Manchester United and Newcastle was found not proven.

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