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Mourinho, Ramires in FA charge

MOURINHO-SNOWLONDON, England, April 24-The Football Association have charged Jose Mourinho, Rui Faria and Ramires with misconduct for their actions against Sunderland.

Mourinho has been charged for the comments he made after the match when he sarcastically thanked Mike Dean for his performance and referees’ chief Mike Riley for his selection of referees throughout the season.

The Portuguese tactician was upset by a number of decisions made by Dean, with his controversial penalty decision late in the match the game which resulted in Fabio Borini’s winner a source of particular fury.

While Mourinho was able to keep his discontent under wraps until after the match, Faria was not able to show as much control, as he was sent to the stands after lambasting the officials, with Mourinho forced to pull his assistant away as Faira engaged in a round of verbal sparing with referee Dean and fourth official Phil Dowd.

Ramires’ charge relates to a swinging arm aimed at Sebastian Larsson in the first half of the encounter which hit the Sunderland man in the face.

“The FA has charged three members of Chelsea’s staff following their fixture against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on April 19,” the FA said in a statement.

“Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“Rui Faria, Chelsea’s assistant manager, has been charged with two counts of misconduct.

“It is alleged that in the 83rd minute of the fixture, Faria used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official (Phil Dowd). It also alleged that Faria’s behaviour following the match referee’s (Mike Dean) request that he leave the technical area amounted to improper conduct.

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“Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in respect of post-match comments he made following the fixture.

“It is alleged that Mourinho’s comments constitute improper conduct, in that they call into question the integrity of the referee appointed to the above fixture and/or the integrity of Mr Mike Riley, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and/or the comments bring the game into disrepute.”

Ramires has until Thursday evening to respond to the charge, while Mourinho and Faria have until Monday.

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