October 31, 2018 / 4:42 PM / 12 days ago

Soccer: Mourinho escapes FA charge over abusive language

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Newcastle United - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - October 6, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho applauds the fans at the end of the match REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

(Reuters) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has escaped punishment after a Football Association charge of using foul language following his side’s win over Newcastle United was found to have been “not proven”.

The Portuguese coach was reported to have directed an insult in his native language towards a camera which was live tracking him down the touchline after his side’s 3-2 comeback win in the Premier League at Old Trafford earlier this month.

“A charge against Jose Mourinho for allegedly using language which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper has been found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today,” the FA said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Written reasons for the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission will be published in due course. This decision is subject to appeal.”

Since their victory over Newcastle, United have picked up four points from two games to move up to eighth in the league standings.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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