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Mourinho fined after sarcastic praise for referees

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm •  Published: May 8, 2014

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 after a shock defeat in the Premier League to Sunderland.

The FA announced the fine Thursday evening and also said the Portuguese had lost an appeal against a separate fine incurred at another league match against Aston Villa.

Following Chelsea's 2-1 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' head Mike Riley.

The FA found that Mourinho's comments, in themselves, did not question the officials' integrity but its statement said "an independent regulatory commission hearing found that the comments brought the game into disrepute and the charge for improper conduct was found proven."

Mourinho can appeal against the fine.

The loss ended a 77-game undefeated run for Mourinho at Stamford Bridge during two different spells in charge of Chelsea and helped to derail the club's title challenge. With one game left at relegated Cardiff, third-placed Chelsea cannot win as it is four points behind leader Manchester City.

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