FA fines Mourinho for bringing game into disrepute after claiming 'campaign' against Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrates winning the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


LONDON — The English Football Association has fined Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 25,000 pounds ($38,000) for claiming referees are influenced by a "campaign" against the club.

Mourinho made the comments after a 1-1 draw at Southampton last month when Cesc Fabregas was booked for simulation rather than being awarded a penalty.

An FA commission says Mourinho's comments were "improper and brought the game into disrepute" but did not imply biased refereeing.

Mourinho was also warned about his future conduct.

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