Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho decides not to appeal against stadium ban

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will miss Saturday's match at Stoke after opting not to appeal against his one-match stadium ban.

The ban means Mourinho must stay away from the Britannia Stadium and was imposed following his half-time dismissal at West Ham last month.

The Blues boss "admitted a Football Association charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area" at Upton Park and was fined ?40,000 alongside the stadium ban.

Only an appeal against that penalty would have allowed Mourinho to enter the Britannia Stadium, but he has accepted the sanction.

Asked if he would appeal, Mourinho said: "No. Because the match is tomorrow and I know the result of that appeal already. I decided to give up. I don't speak about it.

"It's stupid to fight a fight that you know you have already lost."

Chelsea, the reigning champions, are 15th in the Premier League after six losses in the opening 11 matches.

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