Mourinho charged with misconduct

The Football Association have confirmed that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for his comments following his side's loss to Southampton on Saturday.

In a remarkable seven-minute rant after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat to the Saints at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said that referees were afraid to give penalties to Chelsea.

"The referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea. Once more, we don't get the penalty at a crucial moment in the game," Mourinho said.

"The penalty in this game is crucial because my team, at the moment, the first negative thing that happens, they collapse.

"The penalty was a giant penalty, and after that, the team lost even more confidence."

The comments refer to an incident in the second half when Radamel Falcao went down under challenge from Southampton stopper Fraser Forster, though replays showed the striker was already going down before the contact.

A statement released by the FA read: "It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute."

Mourinho has until Thursday evening to respond to the charge.