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FA slap fine on Jose Mourinho for referee comments

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined 25,000 pounds ($38,000) by the FA after claiming there was a "campaign" to influence referees` decisions against his team.

FA slap fine on Jose Mourinho for referee comments

London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined 25,000 pounds ($38,000) by the FA after claiming there was a "campaign" to influence referees` decisions against his team.

Mourinho, 52, was in trouble for his comments after his side were denied a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League on Dec. 28.

The Portuguese contested the charge but the FA`s Independent Regulatory Commission ruled the comments were "improper and brought the game into disrepute" although it said they did not "imply bias on the part of a referee or referees".

Mourinho denied his comments constituted improper conduct but the commission thought otherwise and found him guilty of breaching FA Rule E3.