English Premiership

FA asks Mourinho to explain pre-derby comments

Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

London - England's Football Association (FA) has asked Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to explain comments he made in the build-up to last weekend's 2-1 derby defeat by Manchester City.

"He has until 6pm (18:00 GMT) on Monday 18 December to respond," an FA spokesperson said on Twitter.

In his final pre-game press conference, Mourinho suggested City's players were prone to diving, saying it only takes a "little bit of wind" for them to go to ground.

He also questioned City manager Pep Guardiola's right to wear a ribbon in solidarity with jailed Catalan separatists, suggesting it was something he "wouldn't be allowed to do".

READ: Mourinho accuses City of lack of 'education'

The FA is already investigating a mass brawl that allegedly erupted after Sunday's game at Old Trafford, which was reportedly instigated by Mourinho's complaints about the noise of City's celebrations.

The two clubs have been given until Friday to provide observations about the incident.

United's defeat left them 11 points below Premier League leaders City in second place.

Mourinho's side beat Bournemouth 1-0 on Wednesday and visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Fixtures
Wed 15 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Manchester City
AFC Bournemouth
Etihad Stadium
Wed 15 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur
St. James' Park
Wed 15 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Burnley
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Turf Moor
Results
Tue 14 Jul 20
Chelsea 1
Norwich City 0
Mon 13 Jul 20
Manchester United 2
Southampton 2
Sun 12 Jul 20
AFC Bournemouth 4
Leicester City 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
35
30
93
2. Manchester City
35
23
72
3. Chelsea
36
19
63
4. Leicester City
35
17
59