Jose Mourinho could be in trouble after the FA decided to look into his comments about the appointment of referee Anthony Taylor for Manchester United’s match at Liverpool on Monday, according to the Daily Mail.
The Portuguese was asked his opinion about Manchester-based Taylor – registered with the Cheshire FA – being given the game, after former head of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited body, Keith Hackett criticised the move.
Mourinho said: “I think Mr. Taylor is a very good referee but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance.”
Taylor’s appointment caused an outcry among Liverpool fans because he lives just six miles from Old Trafford, leading to former Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) chief Keith Hackett to criticise the decision as potentially ‘intolerable’.
It is now understood that the FA’s governance team will study those comments and may subsequently wish to contact the United boss for his observations.
New rules were introduced in 2009 in an attempt to crack down on pre-match comments about officials which could be viewed as intimidatory or influential.
Last season, Mourinho was fined £50,000 and given a one-game stadium ban for saying officials were ‘afraid’ to give Chelsea penalties following a 3-1 defeat against Southampton in October.
In total, he picked up £140,000 in fines during his second spell at Chelsea for remarks made to officials during the matches or about them afterwards.