Mourinho avoids further punishment after dismissal

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has escaped any further sanction after being sent to the stands at the end of Manchester United’s match against Southampton on Saturday.

The United boss was sent off by referee Craig Pawson for stepping onto the pitch in stoppage time during their 1-0 win at St Mary’s Stadium.

The FA received the referee’s report on the incident, but decided no additional punishment was necessary.

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson said Mourinho’s sending off was not justified.

“When I saw it on TV, I thought it was an absolute joke,” Robson told ManUtd.com. “I’ll be amazed if he gets a ban or a fine for that. I think the officials went way overboard by sending him to the stand.

“I don’t know what the officials are thinking about. Throughout the last year or so, I’ve seen managers like [Jurgen] Klopp and [Antonio] Conte run about like lunatics, out of their box, down the side of the pitch and not a thing has been made of it – it’s called passion for the team.

“But because Mourinho stepped just over the touchline, they sent him to the stands. It’ll be a disgrace if he gets fined or banned and made to watch games from the stands over the coming weeks.”

Last season, Mourinho received two one-match bans from the FA for separate incidents – one when he kicked a water bottle in frustration and another after making disparaging comments against referees.

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