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  • The FA are to look at Jose Mourinho’s comments about Anthony Taylor
  • The Portuguese said referee Taylor would struggle to perform at Anfield
  • Mourinho will face Liverpool for the first time as Manchester United boss
  • The FA may deem Mourinho’s comments to be intimidatory or influential under their revised 2009 guidelines

Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

Jose Mourinho faces an FA charge after claiming Anthony Taylor will struggle to do a good job of refereeing Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield because he has been put under too much pressure.

Concerns have been raised over Taylor’s appointment for United’s visit to their bitter rivals because he lives only a few miles from Old Trafford.

Mourinho added fuel to the fire by saying: ‘Mr Taylor is a very good referee but somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance.  

Jose Mourinho has said that Anthony Taylor will find it tough to have a good performance

Taylor has had pressure placed on him by somebody with intention, says Mourinho

Taylor has had pressure placed on him by somebody with intention, says Mourinho

‘I have my view but I don’t want to say anything as I have learned a lesson after being punished so many times.’

The FA are studying his comments to see if they contravene rules introduced in 2009 to crack down on managers making pre-match comments about officials which could be viewed as intimidating or trying to influence decisions.

If the FA were to charge Mourinho and he was found guilty, he is likely to face another fine. 

He has already paid out £230,000 in penalties during two spells in charge of Chelsea.   

Mourinho faced Jurgen Klopp as Chelsea boss last season before leaving Stamford Bridge

Mourinho faced Jurgen Klopp as Chelsea boss last season before leaving Stamford Bridge



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