Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could face a two-game stadium ban after getting himself sent off in United’s 1-1 draw at home against West Ham on Sunday.
The Portuguese manager was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss in the 27th minute after he kicked a bottle on the touchline as a reaction to Paul Pogba receiving a yellow card for diving, a card that means that Pogba will be out for United’s meeting with West Ham in the EFL quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Mourinho was furious with Moss and ending up booting a water bottle that stood on the ground. This was the second time this season Mourinho was sent off, as he was ejected by Mark Clattenburg back in October in the game against Burnley.
The reaction was a clear indication of the frustration at Old Trafford, as United have posted four straight draws at home in the league. They sit 11 points behind leaders Chelsea after 13 games, and it seems very unlikely that they will be able to challenge for a Top 4 finish and make it back into the Champions League.
After the outburst against Clattenburg, Mourinho was handed a one-game touchline ban along with a £8,000 fine. He could now be looking at a two-game stadium ban as the English Football Association (FA) looks at the video and awaits the match report from Moss. Former Premier League referee Graham Poll wants to see a longer suspension to put an end to Mourinho’s behavior against referees in the league.
“Jon Moss was absolutely right to send Jose Mourinho to the stands after another petulant outburst,” Poll wrote in the Daily Mail.
“The way Mourinho lost his temper, culminating in him booting a water bottle a long way down the touchline, is clear for all to see … Referees have had enough of the clear lack of respect the Portuguese displays, none more so than Moss, who also dismissed him last season.
“So now referees are doing their jobs it’s time the FA did theirs. A six-game stadium ban might just do the trick.”
Mourinho is no stranger to controversy, and he was fined £50,000 for comments he made in the media prior to the game against Liverpool about referee Anthony Taylor, and he’s racked up a staggering £191,000 in fines since his return to English soccer in 2013 for 10 separate incidents. His latest outburst was coming out of frustration, as the yellow card on Pogba was correct, and there was no real reason for Mourinho to snap the way he did.
If it had been Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp or Chelsea’s Antonio Conte doing the same thing, the headlines would have been more about the passion and their fiery dispositions, but since it’s Mourinho and he has the track record he does, he is receiving a lot of criticism for his latest actions. He needs to get his emotions under control, as getting fined time and time again along with getting banned from coaching in games doesn’t only him, but also the team and the brand.
A six-game stadium ban, as suggested by Poll, might be a bit much, it’s clear that simply handing Mourinho a fine isn’t going to change his behavior. As a repeat offender, he should be judged more harshly by the FA, and a stadium ban of two or three games seems like an appropriate punishment. There’s nothing wrong with managers showing passion on the sidelines, and it might be Mourinho’s way of trying to get his side fired up, but he needs to learn to stay within the rules of the game. And I bet there’s a lot more fun things Mourinho could do with the almost £200,000 he’s paid the FA in fines.