Bryan Robson has branded Jose Mourinho’s red card ‘a joke,’ as the Manchester United manager awaits the fate of being sent to the stands in the final minutes of his side’s 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday.
The Portuguese football manager could face a Football Association misconduct charge for the incident, in which he encroached his technical area and entered the pitch. He was then dismissed by referee Craig Pawson after a discussion with the fourth official.
The incident was so minimal that at the time Mourinho claimed he had no idea what he had done which left him a little bemused and annoyed.
The FA now await the details of Pawson’s report before deciding whether to take any action but have stressed that not every touchline sending off results in a ban or punishment.
This was the ninth time Mourinho has been sent to the stands and has missed sixteen games through bans, whilst his fines at add up to a total of £329,00. Although his latest incident is minimal, his history could having a bearing on the outcome.
When the Manchester United legend was asked for his thoughts on the matter, the United ambassador told the club’s official website: “When I saw it, I thought it was an absolute joke.
“I’ll be amazed if he gets a ban or a fine for that. I think the officials went way overboard by sending him to the stand.
“I don’t know what the officials are thinking about.
“Throughout the last year or so, I’ve seen managers like Klopp and Conte run about like lunatics, out of their box, down the side of the pitch and not a thing has been made of it – it’s called passion for the team.
“But because Mourinho stepped just over the touchline, they sent him to the stands.”