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English FA clears sacked Mourinho of abusive language charge

…United will have to pay Mourinho £22.5 million ($28 million)

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no further action on charges of using abusive language following their Premier League win over Newcastle United in October, the English Football Association (FA) said on Monday.

Mourinho was sacked after their worst start to a season in almost 30 years, the club announced on Tuesday.

An independent regulatory commission cleared Mourinho of the charge on October 31 and the FA, who appealed against that decision last month, confirmed on Monday it had been upheld and the matter was now closed.

“The FA welcomes the original decision of the appeal board to uphold its appeal against Mr Mourinho for using abusive, insulting and improper language after the Manchester United v Newcastle United match,” the FA said in a statement.

“It also respects the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to dismiss the charge based on the legal argument submitted by Mr Mourinho.

“While we accept that the independent regulatory commission disagreed on this occasion, the FA wishes to make clear that it will continue to take action against participants for any form of abusive, insulting, or improper language or behaviour, which is directed towards a camera.”

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.

Mourinho’s sacking comes just two-and-a-half years into his tenure and three years and a day since Chelsea sacked him just months after he had guided them to the title.

Former player Michael Carrick, now a member of the coaching staff, is expected to take charge in an interim role but United said a caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the season.

The club’s worst start in the league since 1990 means even Mourinho’s ambition of reaching the top four and a Champions League qualification spot is in danger.

Despite United reaching the Champions League knockout stages – they face an intimidating last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain – a mix of the results, dressing-room discord and criticism of the board’s transfer policy proved potent factors in the decision to dismiss him.

A United source told AFP that Mourinho had been supported in his efforts to sign players and described reports of player power at the club as being key to the sacking as wide of the mark.

According to British media reports, United will have to pay Mourinho £22.5 million ($28 million) – as the club are still in the Champions League – to sever the ties.

“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,” a club statement said.

“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, fulltime manager.”

Carrick is favoured for the caretaker role having become part of the coaching staff this season.

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