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Mourinho To Face Three Match Touchline Ban

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[caption id="attachment_14167" align="alignnone" width="699"]Jose Mourinho, Manchester United manager[/caption]

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho could face a three match touchline ban by the Football Association after he was charged with improper conduct for the second time in the space of a month.

The Portuguese was dismissed in the 27th minute of United’s 1-1 home draw with West Ham on Sunday.

There are indications that the United manager is at risk of an extended touchline suspension because of his previous incidents of misconduct.

Mourinho served a one-game touchline ban during the 3-1 Premier League victory at Swansea City earlier this month after admitting an FA charge of using “abusive and/or insulting words to an official” before being sent to the stands by referee Mark Clattenburg during the Old Trafford draw against Burnley in October.

He was fined £50,000 and warned as to his future conduct earlier this month for media comments about referee Anthony Taylor, prior to his side’s game against Liverpool, the United manager’s latest charge could come with a heavier punishment than usual for such an offence.

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Mourinho has until Thursday evening to respond to the charge, with a commission being called to decide on the penalty should it be upheld.

If a three-game ban is imposed, the former Chelsea manager would likely sit in the stands for the Premier League fixture against Tottenham at Old Trafford on Dec. 11 and the subsequent away trips to Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

If he accepts the charge, then he could start his suspension against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

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The sequence of offences also runs the risk of damaging United’s reputation, yet it is thought unlikely that the Portuguese will be reprimanded or spoken to by his employees. His conduct is viewed within Old Trafford as the same kind of competitiveness which made Sir Alex Ferguson so competitive and successful.

The 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday signifies United’s worst start to a season in the Premier League in 27 years, with 20 points from their opening 13 games.