Hazard Claims October PFA Prize

Jose Mourinho will serve a one game touchline ban and pay a £50,000 fine after accepting two FA misconduct charges regarding his behaviour towards match officials.

Mourinho was charged for comments made about referee Anthony Taylor ahead of the game against Liverpool last month, in which he argued he should not have been chosen to officiate as he lived in Greater Manchester and, as a result, would find it difficult to deal with the pressure.

The Portuguese was fined for those comments, after he accepted the FA charge of making improper comments about a match official, but he will also serve a one game ban following a half-time row with another referee, Mark Clattenburg, during the 0-0 draw with Burnley last weekend.

Mourinho was sent to the stands following the bust up in the tunnel at Old Trafford and will now be banned from the touchline when United take on Swansea on Sunday.

Mourinho refused to discuss either incident during his pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of United’s Europa League game against Fenerbahce and United sources have indicated he wants to put both controversies behind him.

Asked if he regretted his recent behaviour towards match officials which amounted to his 22nd touchline ban and £314,000, Mourinho curtly replied: “next question.”

A United press officer then indicated they would not be responding to any further questions on the matter.

Had Mourinho contested either charge, he risked being hit with a tougher penalty as well as a two-match touchline ban.

An FA statement read: “Jose Mourinho has been fined £50,000 in relation to media comments he made prior to Manchester United’s game at Liverpool on 17 October 2016.

“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard that Mr Mourinho accepted the comments he made on October 14 2016 constituted improper conduct but denied they brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1).

“The Commission found the disrepute element of the charge proven and as well as being fined, Mr Mourinho was warned as to his future conduct.

“Separate to this, Mr Mourinho will serve an immediate one-match touchline ban after he admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official and accepted the standard penalty.

“The incident happened in or around the tunnel area during halftime of United’s game against Burnley on 30 October 2016.

“As well as the suspension, the standard penalty for this breach of FA Rule E3 also includes an £8,000 fine.”

Meanwhile Eden Hazard has won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month award for October, beating the likes
of Theo Walcott and Joe Allen.

More than 61,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, with Hazard winning
with 27,262 votes.

Arsenal star Theo Walcott came second with 14,737 votes, narrowly ahead of Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen in third
with 14,491. Rounding off the top six were Dele Alli (2,012), Charlie Austin (1,996) and Callum Wilson (1,073).

The six candidates were chosen by our expert panel, which included Sky Sports pundits Ian Holloway, Peter Beagrie
and Paul Merson, Mike Riley – general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke –
chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation.

And it is Hazard, who scored three goals and registered an assist during an excellent October, who has come out on
top thanks to fans’ votes, which have been verified by an independent party.