Jose Mourinho asked to explain comments about referee Anthony Taylor


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has
been contacted by the English Football Association
for his observations on his comments about
referee Anthony Taylor prior to the goalless draw at

On Friday Mourinho was asked about Altrincham-
based Taylor being given the game after Keith
Hackett, the former head of the Professional Game
Match Officials Limited body, claimed the
appointment would place undue pressure on the

“I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee but I think
somebody with intention is putting such a
pressure on him that I feel that it will be difficult
for him to have a very good performance,”
Mourinho said.
New rules were introduced in 2009 in an attempt
to crack down on pre-match comments about
officials which could be viewed as intimidatory or
In its statement at the time, the FA said: “Clubs are
being advised that any media comments by
managers, players or any other club officials
relating to appointed match officials prior to a
fixture will no longer be allowed – such pre-match
comments will be deemed improper and dealt with
It is understood the FA, having considered his
comments, has now asked the United boss for his
thoughts as the next part of the process. The
Portuguese has until the close of business on
Friday to respond.

After Monday night’s goalless draw Mourinho
praised Taylor’s performance.
“Can I speak about the referee without being
punished?” he asked the club’s press officer.
After being given the go-ahead he added: “He had
a good game and I am happy for him because
people with responsibilities put a lot of pressure
on him and it was very difficult for him to have a
good performance, which he had


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