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Mourinho fined £8,000 by FA

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association after opting against contesting his improper conduct charge following Saturday's 4-1 win against Cardiff.

Mourinho was charged by the FA earlier this week as a result of his behaviour during the game at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues boss had been sent to the stands over a disagreement with the officials, which appeared to be sparked when referee Anthony Taylor warned Branislav Ivanovic against time-wasting when taking a throw-in.

It had been suggested that Mourinho would be handed a touchline ban for his outburst, but, after admitting a breach of FA rules, he has been given the standard fine handed out by English football's governing body.

An FA statement on its official website read: "Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behaviour in or around the 69th minute of his side's game against Cardiff City on 19 October 2013 amounted to improper conduct.

"The fine is the standard penalty for the offence."

Mourinho spoke out on the subject after Tuesday night's 3-0 win against Schalke, saying: "What the referee wrote is true. I was not aggressive, I was not offensive. I just had a disagreement. That in the game is resolved with 'shut up and sit down'. [You] don't need to go to the stands.

"I accept the fine and against Manchester City I can work."

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