Mourinho fined after sarcastic praise for referee

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm •  Published: May 8, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association has fined Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho 13,000 pounds ($16,900) for bringing the game into disrepute with sarcastic comments about match officials.

The FA announced the fine Thursday evening.

Following Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Sunderland on April 19 — which saw his assistant Rui Faria sent to the stands and later given a six-match stadium ban — Mourinho sarcastically described referee Mike Dean's performance as "unbelievable" and "fantastic." He was equally sarcastic about the performance of referees' chief Mike Riley.

The FA found that Mourinho's comments, in themselves, did not question the officials' integrity but amounted to disrepute and improper conduct.

The loss ended a 77-game undefeated run for Mourinho at Stamford Bridge during two different spells in charge of Chelsea.