FA requests Mourinho to clarify comments after Sunday’s defeat

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been asked to clarify the comments he made before Sunday’s derby defeat by Manchester City.

The Football Association has requested observations from the Portuguese regarding his pre-match news conference on the Friday before the game.

Mourinho suggested City players go to ground easily, saying: “A little bit of wind and they fall.”

He is expected to respond to FA by Monday

Mourinho, 54, also said he did not think he would be allowed to make to make a political statement on the touchline like Guardiola, who has recently worn a yellow ribbon – a symbol of protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

United went on to lose the game 2-1 at Old Trafford, which sent City 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Mourinho had milk thrown at him outside the Old Trafford dressing rooms after objecting to City’s post-match celebrations and said the incident was “a question of diversity in behaviour, diversity in education”.

Elsewhere, The Football Association of Wales (FAW) will not take action against chief executive Jonathan Ford for saying the next Wales manager could be “foreign”, but “definitely not English”.

The FAW had set up a three-person panel to investigate a BBC Sport Wales interview in which Ford said: “We have always favoured Welsh people because arguably the passion is there.

“Somebody said this earlier, Welsh most definitely, foreign possibly but definitely not English.”

A statement from the FAW said they will not “take the matter any further” after Ford apologised for the remarks.

The interview, at the Wales Sport Awards, was discussed at an FAW council meeting when Ford was asked to leave the room.

Former Wales and Manchester United forward Giggs has been long admired by the FAW, while Welshman Tony Pulis – sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager last month – is also among those linked with the post.

Ford believes the Wales job has become an attractive proposition following Coleman’s successful Euro 2016 campaign.


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