Jose Mourinho Hit With Suspended 1-Match Europa League Ban

13 November 2020 10:20

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been hit with a suspended one-match ban in the Europa League after being found guilty of causing his side's late kick-off against Royal Antwerp in October.

The match, which ended in a 1-0 defeat for Spurs, was scheduled to kick off at 5:55pm but ended up getting started a few minutes later.

Antwerp came away with the win | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

According to UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, it's Mourinho who was to blame for the delay. Spurs have been hit with a fine of over £22,000, while the boss is also facing a one-match ban after being found personally responsible for the late start.

Mourinho's suspension, which Spurs were ordered to specifically inform him of, has been deferred for the next 12 months, so barring any other infractions from the boss, he will still be free to lead his side in Europe.

Spurs were also issued a fine of just under £3,000 for 'oversized manufacturer identification' during the game, while Antwerp escaped with just a warning about the delayed start.

It's the miserable icing on top of what was a bitterly disappointing cake for Spurs. Mourinho's heavily rotated side fell to a shock 1-0 loss in Belgium, after which the boss suggested his squad players had proved why they remain on the bench.

Spurs have since bounced back, picking up a 3-1 win over Ludogorets, and they now sit top of Group J, level on points with Antwerp.

Elsewhere, Manchester City were hit with a fine of around £11,000 because of a failure to control their players in October's 3-1 win over Porto.

Manchester City were given their own fine | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo were all awarded yellow cards within eight first-half minutes of each other, before Eric Garcia and Fernandinho joined the trio in the referee's notebook later on.

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Source: 90min