The Football Association has announced that it will appeal a decision not to charge Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for comments he made after the Newcastle match last month.
The FA charged Mourinho for using foul language after he appeared to swear at a television camera in Portuguese following United’s 3-2 win. However, United appealed the charge and an independent regulatory commission cleared the 55-year-old.
If the decision is overturned, Mourinho could face a fine or a touchline ban. However, the appeal is not likely to be heard until the end of next week, meaning the United manager will be on the touchline for Sunday’s derby at Manchester City.
Mourinho argued that the Portuguese phrase that he used, while rude, would not be interpreted as abusive, insulting or improper to a native speaker.