Mourinho fined after sarcastic praise for referee

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Updated: Thu, 08 May 2014 05:15:22 EST

LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association has fined Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 10,000 pounds ($16,900) for bringing the game into disrepute with sarcastic comments about match officials.

The FA announced the fine Thursday evening.

Following Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Sunderland on April 19 — which saw Chelsea assistant Rui Faria sent to the stands and later given a six-match stadium ban — Mourinho sarcastically described referee Mike Dean's performance as "unbelievable" and "fantastic." He was equally sarcastic about the performance of referees' head Mike Riley.

The FA found that Mourinho's comments, in themselves, did not question the officials' integrity but amounted to disrepute and improper conduct.

The loss ended a 77-game undefeated run for Mourinho at Stamford Bridge during two spells in charge of Chelsea.

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