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FA appeals against decision to clear José Mourinho over touchline language

first_img Read more Manchester United’s Paul Pogba ‘unaffected’ by losing vice-captaincy Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest The FA José Mourinho successfully argued that context was vital and so was found not guilty of an FA charge of using abusive language but the governing body has confirmed it will appeal.The appeal will be heard no sooner than next week, which means the Manchester United manager will be able to take his place in the dugout for Sunday’s derby against Manchester City at the Etihad. Share on Facebook Share via Email José Mourinho The reasons an independent commission dismissed the case against Mourinho were published on Wednesday. These outlined how his argument was twin-pronged: that context was pivotal and that swearing is a common currency of the game.The incident came at the end of United’s 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford when Mourinho swore in Portuguese.Mourinho and the FA used a language expert to analyse the phrase “filhos da puta”. The FA’s expert, Pedro Xavier, translated as “sons of a whore”. He stated it was “highly offensive, especially if the people involved are not close. Among friends (normally men) it can occur as a joke or a teaser. In a professional context it is absolutely offensive.”Yet Simão Valente, for Mourinho, stated“context is vital” in understanding and translating the phrase. He said one version might be “hell, yeah” and argued that was reasonable to assume given the relief the United manager felt at the comeback win following media scrutiny in the buildup.The FA’s argument was that context should be viewed as irrelevant because swearing is a prima facie case of abusive language.Mourinho also contended that swearing is common in football and set out an alternative case that the charge was “entirely out of step with the FA’s longstanding approach of taking no action in analogous cases where a participant swears in or around the field of play”.The commission found the onus was on the FA to prove its charge and decided Mourinho was not guilty. Manchester United Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp news Reuse this contentlast_img read more