José Mourinho

Soccer: FA to appeal Mourinho being cleared of abusive language charge

Soccer Football - Champions League - Manchester United Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 6, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the press conference REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File Photo

(Reuters) - The English Football Association said on Wednesday that it would appeal the decision to clear Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho of using abusive language after his team’s Premier League victory over Newcastle United last month.

The Portuguese coach was alleged to have directed an insult in his native tongue towards a camera that was tracking him down the touchline after the 3-2 comeback win.

An independent regulatory commission cleared Mourinho of the charge on Oct. 31 and published the written reasons for the decision on Wednesday.

Mourinho was charged with being in breach of FA rule E3(1), which prohibits “violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.”

Thus, the objective person would have had to lip read (his) mouth and interpret Portuguese colloquialisms to accurately decipher the comments.

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