The Football Association has handed Chelsea’s assistant first team coach Rui Faria a six-game ban on top of a £30,000 fine.
Faria was penalised for his altercation with Premier League referee Mike Dean over the Englishman's decision to award Sunderland a penalty in the final minutes of the game at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have decided to appeal the decision as they feel that his punishment is too heavy based off previous punishments that the F.A. have handed out. Alan Pardew recently finished his suspension for head-butting Hull City's David Meyler, having been was banned for a total of seven games, three of which were a ban from the stadium.
Paul Ince was also given a five-game stadium ban for what the F.A. described as: "constituted violent conduct". Based on those incidents, members of the Chelsea board feel that the punishment for Faria is too harsh, as the Portuguese never had any intent to injure Mike Dean.
Very much like his right-hand man, Jose Mourinho is also in trouble with the F.A. for a variety of reasons. The F.A. are investigating comments made by the Special On" after the game against Sunderland in which he sarcastically praised the performances of Dean, and even went on to praise Mike Riley, the Head of the Refereeing body. Mourinho has also spoken out about the inflexibility of the Premier League to move fixture around so that teams competing on a European front would have more time to prepare for those games.
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