Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for remarks he made about match officials following his side’s 3-1 home loss to Southampton on Saturday.
The FA alleges his comments that implied referee Robert Madley was bias. Mourinho felt referee Robert Madley denied Chelsea a penalty on Saturday, adding officials were “afraid” to award his side spot-kicks.
Mourinho in an interview after watching his slump to their fourth defeat in eight games on Saturday in a home tie against Southampton said:
“He [Madley] was afraid to give it [a penalty] like everyone else is afraid to give it.
“Why? Because there is always a question mark from you [the media] and always a critic so we are always punished.
“The penalty in this game is more than crucial because my team, at the moment, the first negative thing that happens… they collapse.
“After that the team lost even more confidence. Mentally, psychologically, the team is unbelievably down.
“If the Football Association wants to punish me they can. They don’t punish other managers.”
The 52-year-old has until the evening of Thursday 8 October to respond to the charge.