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Jose Mourinho charged by the FA

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Despite a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday, the English Football Association charged Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho for improper conduct.

The Portuguese coach was sent into the stands after scolding referee Anthony Taylor for giving Branislav Ivanovic a warning for time-wasting while taking a throw.

Mourinho was forced to watch the last 20 minutes of the match from the stands of Stamford Bridge amongst Chelsea fans. And if you didn’t think that was enough, he may receive a touchline ban following the FA’s statement.

It read: "Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct in relation to his behaviour during his side's game against Cardiff City on Saturday 19 October 2013.

"Mourinho has until 24 October at 6pm to respond to the charge."

Steve Holland, the assistant manager of the London based club, answered the questions in the post-match press conference, and tried to defend and explain the actions of Mourinho.

Holland told reporters that: "Jose is very frustrated and it stems from the time-wasting from the opposition from basically the first two or three minutes of the game. We mentioned it to the fourth official in a professional way on countless occasions.

"The referee didn't appear to do anything about it but when we had a throw-in, Ivanovic had the ball in his hands for two seconds, and the referee was about getting the ball back into play and pointing at his watch.

"So it was a case of huge frustration with that. And to be sent off for that was very harsh."

Chelsea have hit a nice patch of form of late, having won their last four matches since drawing with Tottenham at the end of last month.

Their 3-0 demolition of Schalke in the Champions League last night was a particular highlight as Fernando Torres appeared show glimpses of his brilliant former self. 

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