Manchester United use Jordan Henderson example to clear Jose Mourinho's FA charge

Jose Mourinho managed to escape an FA charge for swearing

Manchester United have been making all the wrong headlines this season.

They've been extremely underwhelming on the pitch.

The Red Devils are positioned in 8th in the Premier League, having picked up 17 points from their opening 10 games.

They are nine points behind bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool in the race for the title.

But, as well as their on the pitch worries, they've also had their fair share of problems away from the pitch.

One such example was Jose Mourinho's behaviour after Man United secured a dramatic late win against Newcastle last month.

With the cameras focused on him after the game, Mourinho mouthed a number of expletives into the camera.

He was accused of mouthing “fodas filhos de puta”, which translates as “f*** off sons of a bitch”, in a message to those that had criticised him in the weeks preceding.

However, fortunately for Mourinho, he was cleared of any wrongdoing yesterday.

But how was that the case?

Mourinho was accused of mouthing expletives to the camera after Man Utd's win v Newcastle last month

According to the Times, the FA 'went to great lengths to find Mourinho guilty'.

They felt that Mourinho would receive a touchline ban for his actions.

But Man United are believed to have put up a 'strong defence', and that defence actually involves using Jordan Henderson as an example.

The Liverpool captain was heard swearing at Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic while playing for England last month.

After Dalic accused him of handball, Henderson turned to the Croatia bench and shouted: “Are you the f***ing ref?”

Jordan Henderson was heard swearing at Croatia's manager last month

However, despite microphones picking up the incident, Henderson received no punishment from the referee or UEFA.

With aid of this example, a three-person commission decided to throw out the case, leaving the FA 'surprised'.

This really was some clever work from Man United.

The Times add that the FA has an extremely high success rate in disciplinary cases, with one estimate, made a few years ago, saying they had a 99.5% success rate.

Fortunately for Mourinho, he was one of the very few that managed to get away without any charges.

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