Mourinho denies FA misconduct charge

The 51-year-old was brought to account by the FA after he ‘congratulated’ referee Mike Dean for his “unbelievable” display during Chelsea’s defeat to Sunderland

Jose Mourinho has denied a charge of misconduct from the Football Association relating to comments made after Chelsea’s defeat to Sunderland.

The Chelsea manager was brought to account by the FA – for the third time this season – after choosing to “congratulate” referee Mike Dean for his “unbelievable” performance at Stamford Bridge on April 19.

Mourinho was deemed to have called into question the integrity of the official with his post-match comments.

Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Sunderland, a result that damaged their Premier League title challenge, with Fabio Borini grabbing a late winner from the penalty spot after Dean had adjudged Cesar Azpilicueta to have fouled Jozy Altidore.

Mourinho’s assistant, Rui Faria, has admitted two misconduct breaches for using abusive and/or insulting words towards the referee and improper conduct.

The 38-year-old was outraged by Dean’s decision to award a spot-kick and had to be restrained by Mourinho when asked to leave the technical area after angrily confronting the fourth official.

Both Mourinho and Faria have requested non-personal hearings, although a date for these has yet to be confirmed by the FA.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires was charged together with Mourinho and Faria after elbowing Sebastian Larsson, but the midfielder did not contest his sanction and is now serving a four-match ban.