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Mourinho charged with improper conduct

ESPN staff
March 19, 2014
Jose Mourinho blamed referee Chris Foy for his handling of Chelsea's defeat to Aston Villa © PA Photos

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA for his part in a flashpoint at the end of his side's 1-0 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa.

Mourinho entered the field of play after Ramires was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Karim El Ahmadi close to both benches.

He briefly spoke to referee Chris Foy before being sent to the stands, and later blamed the official for his handling of the match.

A statement on the FA website read: "Jose Mourinho has been charged by The FA following his side's game against Aston Villa on Saturday 15 March 2014.

"It is alleged the Chelsea manager's behaviour in re-entering the field of play in or around the 90th minute of the fixture and approaching the Match Referee amounted to improper conduct.

"Mourinho has until 6pm on 24 March 2014 to respond to the charge."

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