Chelsea got off to a rocky start in their home clash against Cardiff City this weekend. Going behind to a Jordon Mutch goal in the first half, for a moment it seemed that the most unlikely of upsets was on the cards. Normal service resumed in the 33′ minute, when Eden Hazard scored an equaliser. Not without controversy, the chance was created when Samuel Eto’o nipped in to steal the ball from Cardiff City’s keeper as he bounced the ball.
Subsequent investigations reveal that the goal should not have stood, with the FA stipulations suggesting that a keeper bouncing the ball is still considered to be ‘in control’, and thus not able to be legally dispossessed. Nevertheless, the goal stood, and Chelsea went on to win comfortably; scoring a further 3 goals.
The celebrations were dampened somewhat by a touchline bust up between Mourinho and the officials, which led to the Portuguese manager’s ejection from the technical area. The notably petulant manager went on to watch his sides victory from the stands.
The saga doesn’t end there, as fresh reports reveal that Mourinho will now face a misconduct charge, and potentially a hefty fine, as a result of his disagreeable behaviour.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct in relation to his behaviour during his side’s game against Cardiff City on Saturday 19 October 2013.
Mourinho has until 6pm on 24 October to respond to the charge.
Everyone expected that the two time Champions League winning coach would find his way into a verbal scrape sooner rather than later, and he has not disappointed. Whether a ban, fine, or otherwise is now headed his ways, it’s doubtful that the outcome of these charges will do anything to upset the raucous reception Mourinho has received since returning to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid at the start of this season.