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Chelsea boss Sarri facing FA misconduct charge

Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his touchline dismissal in the 2-2 draw against Burnley Credit: PA

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his touchline dismissal in the 2-2 draw against Burnley on Easter Monday.

Sarri was sent to the stands in stoppage time during a fractious encounter at Stamford Bridge, although assistant Gianfranco Zola felt the decision was harsh as his fellow Italian "was just trying to tell our players to get in position".

The FA has said in a statement: "Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour in the 94th minute of Monday's (22/04/2019) Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Burnley.

"The Chelsea manager has until 18:00 on Friday (26/04/2019) to provide a response."

In a separate incident, referee Kevin Friend is understood to have received a complaint over claims of racial abuse directed by members of Burnley's backroom staff towards Sarri.

The alleged abuse aimed at Sarri was included in Friend's report in a tense fixture where David Luiz squared up to Ashley Westwood during a tunnel melee at full-time.

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Reed appointed new technical director at the FA

Les Reed has been appointed as the Football Association's new technical director. Credit: PA

Les Reed has been appointed as the Football Association's new technical director.

The 66-year-old succeeds Dan Ashworth, who will take up a new role with Premier League club Brighton in the spring.

Reed was dismissed as Southampton vice-chairman last month, a move which proved a precursor to the sacking of Saints manager Mark Hughes.

"I am honoured to be appointed as the FA's technical director at such an exciting time for the game in this country," Reed said in a statement.

"We are coming off the back of the most incredible year and I have nothing but respect for the outstanding work of Dan Ashworth and all the coaches and staff at St George's Park."

Reed, who was part of the England set-up under Kevin Keegan, had been with Southampton since 2010 until last month.

His role with the FA comes with responsibility for all elite England men's sides from development teams through to the seniors.

Gareth Southgate's senior team reached the World Cup semi-finals earlier this year while England are reigning men's world champions at Under-20 and Under-17 level.

FA to appeal against Mourinho decision

The Football Association is appealing the decision by an independent regulatory commission to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language. Credit: PA

The Football Association is appealing the decision by an independent regulatory commission to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language at the end of Manchester United's Premier League match against Newcastle.

After coming back to win 3-2 to a backdrop of intense scrutiny about the Portuguese's Old Trafford future, the 55-year-old manager was filmed in animated mood.

Footage showed Mourinho making comments in Portuguese, at one point looking into a camera, as he headed towards the tunnel after the final whistle on October 6, leading to an FA charge for using abusive, insulting or improper language.

The United boss was cleared of that charge by an independent regulatory commission at a hearing on October 31, but the FA has now confirmed it has appealed that decision.

A statement from the governing body read: "Having carefully considered the written reasons of the Independent Regulatory Commission relating to the case involving Jose Mourinho, the FA can confirm it is appealing the decision."

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