Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after he appeared to mouth obscenities into a television camera following Manchester United’s win over Newcastle 10 days ago.
Mourinho has until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge but could face a touchline ban when United face his old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday if he is found guilty.
It is alleged that Mourinho said ‘fodas filhos de puta’ – ‘f**k off sons of b*****s’ – in his native Portuguese at a BT Sport camera while wagging a little finger as he walked down the touchline after United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
The FA are understood to have used linguistics experts and lip readers to confirm what Mourinho said before deciding to charge the 55-year-old.
A statement read: ‘Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on 6 October 2018.
‘It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper. He has until 6pm on 19 October 2018 to respond to the charge.’
Wayne Rooney was hit with a two-match ban in April 2011 after swearing into a TV camera after scoring a hat-trick at West Ham.
Asked about the finger gesture after the game, he tried to play it down by saying: ‘No it’s a finger, smaller than the others.’
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