Jose Mourinho 6-Game Ban Suggested by Graham Poll After West Ham Sending-Off

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2016

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho arrives for the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Feyenoord at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on November 24, 2016. / AFP / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

It comes less than a month after he received the same sanction during an Old Trafford game against Burnley, and Poll believes Mourinho should now be severely punished as he is a repeat offender.

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:

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. 

It was the Red Devils' fourth consecutive home draw in the Premier League—following stalemates with Stoke City, Burnley and Arsenal—but it is not for lack of trying, per Squawka:

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.