Mourinho ‘could have endangered people around him’

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The Football Association has explained the reasons for slapping Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with a one-match ban and £16,000 fine.

The Portuguese tactician has landed himself in hot water with the FA on more than occasion this season, following a string of pitchside altercations.

And the latest incident, which took place during United's 1-1 draw with West Ham on 27 November, saw Mourinho kick a water bottle in anger after star midfielder Paul Pogba received a booking.

Having reviewed the incident, the FA's three-man independent commission stated, "the fact remains that he aggressively kicked the bottle in a manner that could have endangered people around him regardless of the motivation to do so."

"The commission makes no comment as to what actually motivated Mr Mourinho to kick the bottle in the way that he did," the statement continued.

However, the FA commission did have words of praise for the manner in which Mourinho responded to the incident, during the match and in the subsequent disciplinary hearing.

The commission added: "Mr Mourinho ought to be credited for his admission to the charge, his non-confrontational actions when engaging with the officials subsequent to him kicking the bottle and his apology, which the commission accepted as being sincere."