Defiant Chelsea are refusing to accept the FA’s written reasons for Jose Mourinho’s £50,000 fine and suspended stadium ban and have already launched a fresh appeal.
Mirror Sport understands the appeal went in last night and that the champions have no intention of backing down in their fight to have Mourinho exonerated.
The Portuguese was hit with the fine last week after he claimed referees were “afraid to give penalties to Chelsea”. The Blues boss branded the sanction “a disgrace” and called the threat of a stadium ban, suspended for a year, “astonishing.”
The deepening row has seen relations between the Champions and English football’s governing body plunge to a new low.
But Chelsea remain adamant that the FA’s stance means there is one rule for Mourinho and another for rival managers.
The Blues boss admitted improper conduct but denied questioning the integrity of referee Robert Madley.
The fine for Mourinho was the seventh time in ten years that he has been hit with a financial penalty, with those punishments totalling £181,000.
The Commission’s written reasons said: “The more than doubling of the January 2015 fine as compared with the May 2014 fine has not deterred him from this latest and more serious breach.
“The fair way to impose this deterrent is to suspend the ban so that Mr Mourinho is able quite easily to avoid its ever coming into effect. The matter is in his hands.”
Yet both Mourinho and Chelsea remain frustrated that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger received no punishment for calling referee Mike Dean “weak” and “naive” after his side’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last month.
Wenger also faced no action after pushing Mourinho in the Stamford Bridge technical area in October 2014.
Earlier this month Bolton boss Neil Lennon was fined just £3,500 for his comments regarding referee Darren Drysdale after the Trotters’ 4-3 defeat at QPR.
Lennon called Drysdale an “absolute disgrace” and added: “I’ve never seen a more biased performance from a referee in a long time.
“He gave QPR everything he possibly could, I was so frustrated with that.”
Former referee Mark Halsey has accused the FA of double standards over the issue and said: “That is far, far worse than what Mourinho said and I think he got a £3,500 fine and a warning for his future conduct. It happened in the Championship but what’s the difference?
“I’m just as miffed as Chelsea and Mourinho because the punishment, for me, [far exceeds] for the crime. As for what Mourinho said about only him being punished by the FA, I think he’s right, as the proof is there in the pudding.”
Speaking to You Are The, Halsey said: “You just don’t know what you’re going to get next from the FA and I think that’s the feeling of everybody.
“It’s got to be consistent and £50,000 is far, far [too] excessive. You look at Arsene Wenger, he came out and criticised Mike Dean and nothing was said. He wasn’t even charged. You’ve got to be consistent.”