Jose Mourinho fails with appeal against Chelsea suspended stadium ban
Last Updated: 06/11/15 11:30am
Jose Mourinho has failed with an appeal against his suspended stadium ban and £50,000 fine for comments made after Chelsea's match against Southampton.
Mourinho admitted a breach of FA rules - but appealed against the severity of the sentence - after he was charged for misconduct with his comments deemed to have "alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a match official or match officials".
Following the 3-1 home defeat, Mourinho said: "I think you need to be a bit honest and to make clear that the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.
"I repeat, if the FA want to punish me, they can punish me, they don't punish other managers, they punish me - it's not a problem for me.
"But I want to repeat because I think my players deserve it, I think our fans deserve it and I am a Chelsea fan too. I want to say it again: referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea."
His ban will be immediately invoked if he is found guilty of another breach of the rules relating to comments made to or through the media.
The case was the latest in a growing list of off-field controversies that have dogged Chelsea's poor start to the season which has seen them lose six of their 11 Premier League games.
He will serve that ban this weekend and will be unable to attend his side's Saturday Night Football game against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
The Blues boss is also the subject of an individual legal claim from former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro - suggesting she holds Mourinho responsible in part or in full for her departure from Stamford Bridge which came after the pair clashed on the touchline during Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea on the opening day of the season.
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