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Mourinho takes swipe at FA over fine

ESPN staff
May 9, 2014
Jose Mourinho fined for comments

Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at the FA after being fined for his sarcastic appraisal of officials following the loss to Sunderland.

The FA announced on Thursday that Mourinho had been fined £10,000 in relation to his "congratulatory" comments made about the match officials following the 2-1 Premier League defeat to Sunderland on April 19.

Asked at his press conference ahead of Chelsea's final game of the season at Cardiff over the FA commission's plan for a B-team league, Mourinho said: "I am afraid of commenting, if I comment in a positive way I can be punished, if I comment in a negative way I can be punished.

"I have to adapt to the situation and that is to come with a very English answer which is no comment."

Mourinho also failed in an appeal against his £8,000 fine for his conduct towards referee Chris Foy at the end of a loss at Villa Park in March.

Meanwhile, when asked if Ashley Cole and John Terry had played their final games at Stamford Bridge, with both out of contract this summer, Mourinho was non-committal.

He added: "I don't know but I don't think so. I do my written reports to the board during the season and with the final report at the end where I try to have my point of view, analysing every aspect of the season."

Frank Lampard is another whose contract is set to expire, with Mourinho paying tribute to the midfielder.

"In a few years maybe he [Lampard] will have a statue on the side of Peter Osgood. He is one of the biggest players of this club," Mourinho added.

Mourinho also reiterated his plans to bring in a new striker this summer, having criticised all three of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba at points this season.

"We are speaking about this for a long, long time," said Mourinho. "Even in December, January, when all you journalists were asking and trying to understand why we were not bringing in a striker in the January market, I think I was clear in my answer that it was something the club was working on and we were preparing for the long-term future not something that would help us with the immediate short-term goal.

"Wanting a striker is something that is normal. We are going to bring a striker in now is normal. Every team wants to get to the summer transfer window."

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