Mourinho to contest FA charge
LONDON -- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he does not accept the FA charge for improper conduct after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa last Saturday, and will decide his response on Monday.
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The Chelsea manager was sent off for encroaching onto the pitch in the chaotic aftermath of Ramires’s red card for a stamp, with that also following Willian’s early dismissal for two yellow cards.
The FA announced they would charge Mourinho on Thursday.
"I've decided I don't accept the charges," the Chelsea boss told a news conference. "I have to wait until Monday and work out what I will do. For you, it's enough to know that, for obvious reasons, I don't accept the charges."
Those decisions mean both players are suspended for the visit of Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
"As a consequence of the last game, we don't have Ramires and Willian, and Ashley Cole is still out. Marco van Ginkel is playing tonight against Man United in the under-21s' competition. Nothing else, I think."
Mourinho has until 6 p.m. on Monday to respond to the charge.