FA dismiss Mourinho appeal

The Football Association have dismissed Jose Mourinho's appeal against sanctions imposed on him for his controversial comments following Chelsea's defeat to Southampton.

After the 3-1 home defeat to the Saints, the Blues boss was handed a suspended one-match stadium ban and a £50,000 for his post-match comments, where he claimed referees were "afraid" to award penalties to Chelsea.

Mourinho confirmed his intention to appeal shortly after he was charged, but the FA have now confirmed that their initial decision had been upheld.

A statement read: "An Appeal Board has dismissed the appeal from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in relation to a decision made by an Independent Regulatory Commission.

"At the original commission hearing, Mr Mourinho was given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rules in relation to post-match media comments made following the game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.

"The Appeal Board has upheld the original sanction and therefore it remains that Mr Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016."

Meanwhile, Mourinho will be absent for Chelsea's clash against Stoke at the Britannia on Saturday after he was sent to the stands after confronting referee Jonathan Moss at half-time of his side's 2-1 defeat to West Ham.

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