Mourinho charged with misconduct

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for his post-match comments in the wake of the Blues’ 3-1 defeat to Southampton.

Mourinho embarked on a seven-minute rant after the loss, insinuating that referees are “afraid” to give decisions to his side after seeing Radamel Falcao booked for simulation with the score at 1-1.

“The result at 1-1, there’s a huge penalty [claim] and once more, we don’t get it,” he told Sky Sports. “And a penalty’s a crucial moment in the game, with the result at 1-1. I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me they can punish me, they don’t punish other managers, it’s not a problem for me.

“I want to repeat, my players deserve it. Chelsea fans deserve it. I am a Chelsea fan too. The referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea.

“Why? Because when they give there is always a question mark from you. There is always a question, always a critic. We are always punished. We are punished because Diego Costa is suspended. In other matches we see the same thing and it doesn’t happen.

“Clear penalties are not given. And with us, it’s one and one and one and one. Even in the Champions League, which is a game with not three officials but with five. We are not given a penalty in the last minute.”

Mourinho has now been reprimanded by the FA, as he predicted he would be, and the Portuguese has until 6pm on October 8 to respond to the charge.

Chelsea have struggled in the Premier League this season and currently sit 16th in the Premier League, having won just two of their opening eight games.