Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has called for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to be handed a six-game stadium ban, after the Portuguese was sent to the stands for the second time this season during his side's 1-1 draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford.
The former Chelsea manager was sent from the touchline by referee Jon Moss in the first half of Sunday's game after he reacted angrily to Paul Pogba being booked for diving and kicked a water bottle.
The former match official wrote in the Daily Mail:
United fans may well say that referees are treating their manager more harshly than others but for far too long his excesses were either ignored or tolerated.
Referees have had enough of the clear lack of respect the Portuguese displays, none more so than Moss, who also dismissed him last season.
So now referees are doing their jobs it’s time the FA did theirs. A six-game stadium ban might just do the trick.
Poll added that the fact, in his opinion, Moss made the correct decision in booking Pogba for simulation was "irrelevant as respect needs to be shown irrespective of the accuracy of decisions."
However, the Sun's Neil Custis felt Mourinho's anger was warranted given the circumstances:
Just seen Pogba thing again, as I thought at the time he has jumped out the way of a challenge, every reason for Mourinho to be angry— Neil Custis (@ncustisTheSun) November 27, 2016
United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had cancelled out Diafra Sakho's early opener before Mourinho was sent off, but they then spurned several excellent chances to win the game.
Man Utd at home in the Premier League since October 1st:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 28, 2016
1st for shots taken (91)
19th for goals scored (3)
Chance conversion rate = 3.3%. pic.twitter.com/ClHu0liIWV
The frustration inside Old Trafford was clear at the end of the match.
Midfielder Ander Herrera was baffled as to how United did not beat the Hammers given the chances they created, per the club's Twitter feed:
United need to turn their form around if they are to have a chance of finishing in the top four in 2016-17, let alone win the Premier League title.
A lengthy ban for Mourinho would be a big blow for United as they edge towards the crucial Christmas period.
But his chequered history with match officials is likely to count against him when the Football Association assesses his latest indiscretion, and a ban of some kind is surely forthcoming, if not the six-match sanction Poll has called for.