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Jose Mourinho escapes punishment over pre-Manchester derby comments

Jose Mourinho accused Manchester City of gamesmanship in the build-up to the Manchester derby but the Manchester United manager was not charged by the Football Association after they asked him to explain his comments.

football Updated: Dec 21, 2017 23:02 IST
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Jose Mourinho was not charged by the Football Association after they asked him to explain his comments about Manchester City players falling too easily when fouled. (REUTERS)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no formal action over comments he made to the media ahead of the Manchester derby, the Football Association (FA) has confirmed.

Jose Mourinho accused City of gamesmanship in the build-up to the December 10 meeting, which Pep Guardiola’s side won 2-1 at Old Trafford to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Portuguese suggested City used “tactical fouls” to break up their opponent’s rhythm, while questioning whether the table-toppers acted honestly.

“A little bit of wind and they fall,” Mourinho had said, prompting the FA to ask the United manager to explain his comments.

While the FA confirmed on Thursday the body has opted not to charge Mourinho, he was warned about his future conduct.

“Following a review of the evidence provided by the club, the FA will be taking no formal action, but have reminded Jose Mourinho any further public comments about match officials may result in disciplinary action,” an FA statement read.

Earlier on Thursday, the FA confirmed there will be no formal action taken against either United or City following a skirmish involving players and staff in the Old Trafford tunnel.

Mourinho reportedly approached the City dressing room to complain about loud music being played, leading to a clash involving up to 30 people.

“Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses the FA will be taking no formal action,” said the organisation’s statement.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 23:02 IST