Updates from Thursday, May 1
Updates from Monday, April 28
Jose Mourinho has denied the charge against him, according to Sky Sports News:
Rui Faria, however, has admitted to the charges against hime (via Mail Online Sport):
Updates from Thursday, April 24
Ramires has been banned for four matches after accepting his charge, the FA confirmed:
Chelsea midfielder Ramires has accepted a charge of violent conduct following an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
The incident occurred during Chelsea’s Premier League fixture against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 19 April.
Ramires receives a four match ban which will start with immediate effect.
The ban includes three games for this offence plus an additional game for his sending off at Villa Park last month.
Adding insult to injury, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, assistant manager Rui Faria and midfielder Ramires have all been charged by the Football Association following three separate incidents during and immediately following Saturday's 2-1 loss to Sunderland.
The FA's official website confirmed the charges on Wednesday.
According to the release, Mourinho has been charged with misconduct pertaining to post-match comments that "called into question the integrity of the referee," per the FA.
Mourinho addressed the press and discussed the referees in a brief, two-minute statement after the match, via the Observer's Dominic Fifield:
...Third point, I want to congratulate again Mike Dean. I think his performance was unbelievable and I think when referees have unbelievable performances, I think it's fair that as managers we give them praise. So, fantastic performance. He came here with one objective. To make a fantastic performance. And he did that. And, fourth, congratulations also to Mike Riley, the referees' boss. What they are doing through the whole season is fantastic, especially in the last couple of months, and in teams involved in the title race. Absolutely fantastic. I also congratulate Mr Riley.
Former footballer Gary Lineker joked about Mourinho's sarcastic press conference:
Meanwhile, Mourinho's assistant, Faria, was charged with two separate counts of misconduct. After Sunderland's Fabio Borini put the Black Cats ahead 2-1 on a penalty in the 82nd minute, Faria allegedly directed "abusive" language toward one of the officials.
After he was asked to leave the technical area, Faria demonstrated behavior that allegedly qualified as improper conduct.
Both Mourinho and Faria have until Monday at 6 p.m. BST to respond to the charges handed down.
Ramires will have only until 6 p.m. BST on Thursday to respond to his charge of violent conduct stemming from an incident that occurred off the ball near the conclusion of the first half.
Match officials missed the incident, which involved Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson, but it was captured on tape. As is protocol in these type of situations, a three-man panel of former referees was assigned the task of reviewing the incident and explaining what action they would have taken if they had witnessed it in real time as a match official.
Ramires' act was unanimously determined as violent conduct.
It remains to be seen whether Mourinho, Faria and Ramires will respond and ultimately avoid the charges, but the various incidents point to the significance of Saturday's tilt and the result's implications.
Losing to the Premier League's worst club at Stamford Bridge while in the midst of a title race is not only frustrating but could potentially cost Chelsea a shot at the league crown with only three matches left to play.
At this point, the charges are likely the furthest thing from their mind as they prepare for a massive showdown with league leaders Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield.
Win, lose or draw, three days later the Blues will host Atletico Madrid in a decisive Champions League semifinal second leg, where their focus will be critical if they are to advance to the Champions League final for the second time in three years.
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