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Chelsea trio charged by FA

Updated: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 18:43 | Comments

Chelsea coach Rui Faria is held back by Jose Mourinho as he confronts match referee Mike Dean
Chelsea coach Rui Faria is held back by Jose Mourinho as he confronts match referee Mike Dean

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, his assistant Rui Faria and midfielder Ramires have been charged by the Football Association for their actions in last Saturday's controversial loss to Sunderland.

The relegation-threatened Black Cats won the Premier League contest 2-1, ending Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home league run with the Blues.

Mourinho could not hide his anger afterwards behind a sarcastic appraisal of the officials, while Faria was dismissed for angrily confronting the match officials.

Ramires avoided punishment at the time of his flailing arm striking Sebastian Larsson but now faces a retrospective punishment which could prematurely end his domestic season.

"Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in respect of post-match comments he made following the fixture"

A FA statement read: "The FA has charged three members of Chelsea's staff following their fixture against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on April 19, 2014.

"Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"Rui Faria, Chelsea's assistant manager, has been charged with two counts of misconduct.

"It is alleged that in the 83rd minute of the fixture, Faria used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official (Phil Dowd). It also alleged that Faria's behaviour following the match referee's (Mike Dean) request that he leave the technical area amounted to improper conduct.

"Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in respect of post-match comments he made following the fixture.

"It is alleged that Mourinho's comments constitute improper conduct, in that they call into question the integrity of the referee appointed to the above fixture and/or the integrity of Mr Mike Riley, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and/or the comments bring the game into disrepute."

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