LONDON - Jose Mourinho could face further action over his touchline behaviour — if the FA decide a spat involving Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew sets a precedent.
Referee Mike Dean has included the incident in his report after Mourinho reacted furiously when provoked by Chelsea’s second assistant coach Marco Ianni, following Ross Barkley’s equaliser on Saturday. The FA will now decide what to do.
Ianni ran down the touchline in front of the Manchester United bench to celebrate Barkley’s goal, which was scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time. He then returned and celebrated directly in front of Mourinho, appearing to make a comment that angered him.
Mourinho leapt from his seat and tried to confront Ianni, but was held back by several stewards. The precedent is a touchline confrontation between Wenger and Pardew in 2006, after Marlon Harewood had scored a late winner for West Ham against Arsenal.
Wenger believed Pardew celebrated in an inflammatory manner, pushed him away and appeared to swear at him. The pair were charged with ‘improper conduct’ relating to ‘aggressive and confrontational behaviour’.
Wenger received a £10,000 fine and a warning about his future conduct — Pardew was cleared, despite claims he was the instigator. If the FA follows this line, they may be more upset by Mourinho’s angry reaction, even though there was no physical contact, than Ianni’s childish celebration.