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Mourinho in trouble again

Mourinho in more trouble after yet another altercation with a referee

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Jose Mourinho could face a potential stadium ban, following his misconduct during Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

He already faces one charge of misconduct for comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor before United's game against Liverpool on Oct 17.

On Saturday, he did not help himself by getting into another altercation with the referee.

The United boss, it's believed, was furious that Mark Clattenburg awarded only a free-kick, rather than a penalty, for Matteo Darmian's altercation with Jon Flanagan in the Burnley box.

He made his feelings clear during the half-time interval, but his complaints were deemed to be "over-zealous''.

And at the start of the second half, the fourth official informed Mourinho that he needed to move far enough away from the pitch that he couldn't pass on tactical instructions to United's bench.

This didn't stop Mourinho, though.

The 53-year-old was later filmed passing a note down to his assistant, Rui Faria, via another member of his coaching staff.

Mourinho also moved from a seat in the front row alongside supporters to the directors' box, where he watched the rest of the half near Ed Woodward, the club's executive vice-chairman.

If the FA decides to take into consideration his record of misdemeanour, it's unlikely that Mourinho will get off lightly.

The fiery Portuguese has a long history of touchline misconduct, having been punished 13 times for his antics throughout his career as a manager.

Mourinho's first punishment in England came in January 2005 when he was fined £5,000 ($8,500 now) after claiming Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils' manager then, had unduly influenced the referee during a League Cup semi-final.

Mourinho avoided explaining his dismissal at the post-match press conference.

Assistant Rui Faria stepped in and it was left to him to field questions on what occurred with Mourinho.

"To be fair I don't know and I don't think it's very important," he said.

"What is important is what the referee will write in his report.

"Apart from that, I can't give you more details. It happened between them."

What he did talk about was Ander Herrera's sending-off after his second yellow card for a challenge on Dean Marney in the second period, which seemed to be a result of a slip rather than indicative of any malice.

Faria's view was laced with sarcasm, maybe echoing what his boss might have said himself.

"About that, I just want to say, fantastic work from the referee," he responded.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was unaware his counterpart was not in the vicinity during the second half and expressed sympathy for Clattenburg at Herrera's dismissal.

"I thought the sending-off was hard on the referee and the player," Dyche said.

"It looked like he may have slipped accidently as he made the challenge. I think that's tough for the referee, whether he slipped or did the challenge, it's a tough call."

But certainly not the call against Mourinho, many would argue.

- Wire Services.

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