The Portuguese, who was fined three times for outbursts last season, faces further punishment for criticising the officials after referee Anthony Taylor denied his side a penalty at St Mary’s Stadium and instead cautioned midfielder Cesc Fabregas for diving.
Mourinho has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge and has pulled out of a planned appearance at a press conference to preview tomorrow’s match with Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, with assistant first-team coach Steve Holland facing the media instead.
“There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don’t know why there is a campaign and I do not care. Everybody knows it was a penalty,” raged Mourinho post-match on 28 December. An FA statement released yesterday read: “It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of the referee or referees and/or bring the game into disrepute.”
Mourinho has also received a formal warning for comments calling on referee Neil Swarbrick to produce a strong performance in their match with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 22 December.
The FA statement continued: “The FA prohibit participants from making any pre-match media comments concerning the appointed match officials for a particular fixture.”