FA launches appeal after Jose Mourinho cleared of misconduct charge

Aubrey Yates
November 8, 2018

Mourinho was charged by the FA with using "abusive, insulting or improper" language while he looked into a television camera after the 3-2 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on October 6.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has slammed the FA for appealing against Jose Mourinho's charge being dismissed.

The written reasons show that the FA instructed Pedro Xavier, an expert in the translation and interpretation of lip reading of colloquial Portuguese language, to provide his opinion on Mourinho's touchline utterances.

Xavier was said to have contradicted himself and failed to provide adequate context in which Mourinho's remarks were made, which was considered essential to establishing if the manager was guilty of the charge. The words mouthed were a Portuguese colloquial profanity. Thus, the objective person would have had to lip read JM's mouth and interpret Portuguese colloquialisms to accurately decipher the comments.

" 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".

The FA announced yesterday that it had appealed against the commission's decision.

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So lost has the 29-year-old looked that he is generating more transfer talk 12 months on from his deal with the Red Devils, with Jose Mourinho struggling to bring the best out of him.

It was a view endorsed by the commission, who ruled: "We find that JM (Jose Mourinho) was celebrating victory without aiming the words at anyone in particular".

Given the context, Valente argued that Mourinho was merely celebrating victory and the phrase meant "fuck yeah" or "hell yeah", and was not directed at anybody in particular.

"So ask the FA, they will translate for you", beamed Mourinho.

"The United boss said "fodas filhos de puta", roughly translated as 'f*** off sons of b*****s" as he walked down the Old Trafford touchline following the win. We do not accept that he shouted the expression.

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