Jose Mourinho hints that his stadium ban is too severe

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho fuming of his stadium ban at Stoke on Saturday
Mourinho fuming of his stadium ban at Stoke on Saturday

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that the stadium ban handed down to him by the Football Association is too severe, but he insists there was "no point" in continuing with his appeal.

Mourinho was given a suspended stadium ban after repeatedly breaking FA disciplinary rules this season and after he was sent off in Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at West Ham last month, that punishment was activated. 

It means that Mourinho will not be allowed to witness his team's game at Stoke this weekend, with the Chelsea boss suggesting such a ban should only be handed down for serious offences.

"This punishment opens a range of situations and options and in the future I imagine a lot of managers will have stadium bans," stated Mourinho. 

"The stadium ban should be related to something really, really serious in terms of aggressivity, but this stadium ban is due to complaints.

"In this moment, the stadium ban is open to happening much more times, unless our association question in a serious and legal way about the rights of the managers and having stadium bans.

"Maybe our association (League Managers Association) can question the rights of the managers with a stadium ban, in a legal way."

When asked whether he considered a further appeal of his latest FA punishment he stated: "No. I knew the outcome of the appeal, so I decided to give up.

"It is stupid to fight a fight that you know you will already lose.

"I travel with them (the players). I will be with them until the moment somebody stops me, which is I think the limit of the stadium. We know when I have to stop to be with the players. I have to get off the bus before (we reach the stadium). 

"You can imagine this is not easy. You can imagine how I feel because if I speak about it, I have to go deeper and I have to go to the dimension of the situation.

"One thing is not to be on the bench. Another thing is to be told to leave the stadium. I'm stopped to do my work, I'm stopped to go to a stadium. I'm stopped to do what I like.

When asked where he will watch Saturday's game, he hinted that he may not even bother watching on TV.

"Maybe I sit in a street corner with my iPad to watch the game. Maybe I don't even watch the game. I cannot have contact with the game, so what's the point," he added.

"I will be in charge. I choose the team. I predict the maximum I can the way the game will follow. This is the only way. 

"We have spoken about the most extreme scenarios. At half time winning 4-0, at half time losing 4-0. Problems in this area, in that area. Red cards. We went through all the different scenarios and they are prepared.

"They are protected by the fact that this is my responsibility whatever the result. I am still in charge."