English FA queries Mourinho over ‘tactical foul’ comments
Mourinho has until 6 p.m. on December 18 to respond to the request, relating to comments made on December 8, two days before the match, which City won 2-1 at Old Trafford.
An FA statement did not specify which particularly remarks were of interest, although Mourinho suggested in a news conference that City players are prone to going to the ground and to commit “tactical fouls.”
In his pre-match press conference, Mourinho at first praised City’s talent, but then added: “If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot it’s that they lose their balance very easily. You know, a little bit of wind and they fall.”
He later told multiple English newspapers that when City lose the ball, “many times they need what is called a tactical foul. Then it is up to the referee to analyse and make a decision about it, but I cannot speak about that.”
Mourinho also suggested he would not be allowed to wear a ribbon like the one that City boss Pep Guardiola has worn in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians.
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