Sheffield refereeing expert calls for Mourinho talks

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at The Britannia Stadium, Stoke-upon-Trent.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at The Britannia Stadium, Stoke-upon-Trent.
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Jose Mourinho faces a crucial period as Chelsea manager after being hit with another misconduct charge by the Football Association, prompting calls for an urgent summit to address his relationship with match officials.

The 52-year-old Portuguese has until Thursday at 6pm to respond to the charge, which relates to his half-time dismissal by referee Jonathan Moss at West Ham last Saturday.

Mourinho is already appealing against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about referee Robert Madley following the October 3 loss to Southampton.

And former Sheffield referee and pundit Keith Hackett, the former general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, believes Mourinho and Chelsea must be invited to a meeting to discuss recent events.

“It’s my firm belief that there needs to be an urgent summit meeting between Jose Mourinho, Bruce Buck, the chairman of Chelsea, Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, and Mike Riley, general manager of PGMOL,” Hackett wrote on you-are-the-ref.com.

“The public spats involving the manager of Chelsea need to be dealt with immediately in a face-to-face meeting.”