Jose Mourinho: Tottenham coach handed suspended one-match European ban

Jose Mourinho deemed responsible for Spurs' late kick-off in their Europa League group stage match against Royal Antwerp on October 29; Celtic fined for improper conduct during Europa League game against Lille

Jose Mourinho was deemed responsible for Tottenham's late kick-off in Antwerp last month
Image: Jose Mourinho was deemed responsible for Tottenham's late kick-off in Antwerp last month

Jose Mourinho has been handed a suspended one-match European competition ban, UEFA has announced.

The Tottenham head coach was deemed to be responsible for the late kick-off of their Europa League match against Royal Antwerp on October 29.

Spurs were fined 25,000 euros (£23,000) for the late kick-off by UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEDB), as well as a further 3,000 euros for a breach of UEFA's equipment regulations.

ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 29: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group J stage match between Royal Antwerp and Tottenham Hotspur at Bosuilstadion on October 29, 2020 in Antwerpen, Belgium. Sporting stadiums around Belgium remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Image: Mourinho was heavily critical of his side after their 1-0 defeat in Antwerp

The CEDB said the ban was "deferred for a probationary period of one year, starting from the date of the present decision".

Another condition was Tottenham should "ensure their head coach is personally informed of this decision".

Mourinho made nine changes for the 1-0 defeat in Belgium, after which the Spurs boss criticised his players and said he faced "easy choices" over future team selections.

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Scottish champions Celtic have also been fined 7,000 euros for improper conduct related to their Europa League game against Lille on the same night.

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