Jose Mourinho Charged with Improper Conduct After West Ham Sending-Off

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United speaks during a Manchester United press conference on the eve of their UEFA Europa League match against Feyenoord at Aon Training Complex on November 23, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association with improper conduct after he was sent to the stands during the Red Devils' 1-1 draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday.  

The FA confirmed the charge on Monday.

It was the second time this season that Mourinho has been ordered from the touchline following his sending-off during United's match against Burnley in October.

Incensed after Paul Pogba received a booking for diving in the first half against the Hammers, Mourinho kicked a water bottle in frustration and was duly sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss.

He had to watch from afar as his side drew a fourth consecutive home game in the Premier League, with the Red Devils spurning several chances to score a winner after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had cancelled out Diafra Sakho's early headed goal.

Per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, Mourinho was handed a £58,000 fine and a one-match touchline ban after his sending-off against Burnley, a sanction compounded by a further charge for comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor before United's match against Liverpool.

He now faces further punishment from the FA after his outburst during the West Ham match, and he is unlikely to be treated kindly given his chequered history with officials. 

Former Premier League referee Graham Poll called for him to be handed a six-game stadium ban, citing Mourinho's numerous previous transgressions, per the Daily Mail.

The Portuguese manager's United side dropped 11 points back from Premier League leaders Chelsea after they failed to beat the Hammers.

The club will be hopeful that Mourinho is hit with as soft a penalty as possible so he is able to be on the touchline as the Red Devils look to turn around their inconsistent form.