Mourinho banned from ground for Chelsea's game with Stoke
JOSE MOURINHO has been given a one-match stadium ban and a £40,000 fine by the English Football Association.
The Chelsea boss was hit with a misconduct charge after being sent to the stands during his side's 2-1 defeat at West Ham last month. An Independent Regulatory Commission confirmed Mourinho's punishment, which will take immediate effect.
An FA statement read: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000.
"The Chelsea manager admitted an FA charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area during half-time of the game against West Ham United on 24 October 2015."
Meanwhile, the FA confirmed it has withdrawn a misconduct charge against Chelsea coach Silvino Louro arising from the same game, having "considered further representation".
The news caps a miserable day for Mourinho, who earlier learned he has been made the subject of an individual legal claim by former Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro arising from an incident on the opening day of the season. And it marks the second time this season he has faced sanction by the FA, having been fined £50,000 and given a suspended ban following comments after his side's fourth league defeat of the season to Southampton.
Mourinho failed to take his place in the dugout for the second-half of Chelsea's defeat at Upton Park, it later emerging he had been sent-off after seeking to exchange words with referee Jonathan Moss at half-time.
Last Saturday's defeat to Liverpool was Chelsea's sixth in 11 Premier League games and left them languishing 15th in the table, just four points clear of the relegation zone.
Mourinho is next due to face the media on Tuesday lunchtime, ahead of his side's Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The Portuguese will be able to stay pitch-side for the group game against the Ukrainians, but must miss his side's Premier League trip to Stoke at the weekend.
The ban comes amid mounting speculation around Mourinho's future, with some reports suggesting his fate is already sealed, irrespective of Chelsea's result in the Potteries. The odds on Mourinho being the next top-flight manager to leave his job have shortened since the defeat to Liverpool, with some bookmakers making him as short as 1-3 to go.