Jose Mourinho insists he is ‘100 per cent not guilty’ of swearing after win over Newcastle
Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is “100 per cent not guilty” of using abusive language after his appeal against the Football Association was upheld.
The Manchester United manager was charged with using abusive, insulting or improper language after his side’s 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle United last month.
Mourinho appealed the charge and was vindicated on Wednesday when an independent panel found the allegations against him “not proven”.
The FA were understood to be surprised by the panel’s verdict, which represented a rare defeat for English football’s governing body in a disciplinary case.
Mourinho was pleased to have been cleared of the charge, though he suggested he is ready for the FA to exercise their right to appeal.
“You know the reason why I ask the club and lawyers to appeal was because I was 100 per cent that I was not guilty of this charges but you never know how it ends,” Mourinho said on Friday.
“Yes, I’m pleased but I know that I have to respect the process and I have to for what is going to happen next but I only appeal if I feel I am not guilty.
“I don’t appeal to lose my time or others lose their time,” he added.
United travel to Bournemouth for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, having picked up seven points in their last three outings.
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