The Football Association are facing a head-on collision with Chelsea over their decision to allow an Arsenal fan to chair the commission that recently passed judgment on Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea were infuriated with the suspended one-match stadium ban and £50,000 fine that was handed to their controversial manager.
The punishment came as a result of Mourinho's claim that referee Robert Madley was ‘afraid' to award his team a penalty in their 3-1 reverse against Southampton.
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Not only did Chelsea think the punishment was harsh, but they were incredulous to the fact that Arsene Wenger escaped without so much as a reprimand after calling Mike Dean 'weak' and 'naive' following a 2-0 defeat to the Blues.
Now things are about to get worse after the Daily Mail's reliable Charles Sale claimed a well-known Arsenal fan took charge of the three-man commission that decided to punish Mourinho.
There is no question that sports lawyer Nicholas Stewart QC let his fandom influence the final decision, but Chelsea are likely to call his presence into question nonetheless.
Mourinho, after all, is a firm believer that the Gunners and their manager in particular receive preferential treatment from the governing body.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been outspoken in past with regards to Stewart. According to the same report, the former Manchester United boss kicked up a fuss in 2009 after he sat in a similar position of influence when Patrice Evra was handed a four-game ban.
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