Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had been charged by the Football Association over comments he made following Manchester United’s victory against Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The Red Devils boss appeared to speak in Portuguese as he addressed a TV camera after watching his side come from behind to win 3-2 at Old Trafford earlier this month.
The FA alleges Mourinho’s language was “insulting and/or abusive and/or improper” and the boss has until Friday to respond to the charge.
An FA spokesperson said: “Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on October 6, 2018.
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“It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.
“He has until 6pm on October 19, 2018 to respond to the charge.”
After the incident it was claimed Mourinho swore in his native tongue, which prompted the Fa to launch an investigation and apparently hire a team of lip-reading experts find out what the United boss said.
It is alleged Mourinho muttered, “fodas filhos de puta”, which translates to, “F**k off sons of b*****s”, in Portuguese.
Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford was played amid a tense atmosphere, with the club having denied reports from earlier in the day that Mourinho was going to be sacked that weekend regardless of the result.
United recovered from 2-0 down to complete a dramatic comeback with a 90th-minute goal from Alexis Sanchez.
The victory ended a run of four games without a win.
Footage shows Mourinho saying something, apparently in Portuguese, while at one point looking into a camera, as he headed towards the tunnel after the final whistle.
He also made a gesture with his right hand while speaking, pointing with his little finger.
The 55-year-old, who claimed after the match that he was the subject of a media “manhunt”, said when asked about the gesture: “It is a finger. Smaller than the others, but it is a finger.”