Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was given a touchline ban earlier this month, when he was slapped with a £50,000 fine and a one-game suspension for comments made about a referee. Now, just under a month later, he will find himself watching the Manchester United side from the stands once again.
It was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Mourinho, who took over for the Red Devils in 2016, will sit out for one match for recently kicking a water bottle.
From the FA:
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 30 November 2016], Jose Mourinho will serve a one-match touchline ban with immediate effect.
The Manchester United manager admitted an FA charge that his behaviour in or around the 27th minute of the game against West Ham United on Sunday [27 November 2016] amounted to improper conduct.
He was also fined £16,000.”
This will leave him in the stands for the side’s Wednesday match, United’s EFL Cup quarterfinal against West Ham at Old Trafford.
As the second offense for Mourinho in November alone, there is the question of whether FA will up the ante the next time they have to slap him with some kind of punishment. Given the fact that he was hit with a whopping £62,000 fine last time, though – and that he continued to act out not even a month later – it is hard to imagine that fans won’t get the chance to find out what strike three will be.
United heads into Wednesday’s match against West Ham sitting sixth in the English Premier League.