Jose Mourinho will avoid any retrospective action from the FA after being sent to the stands during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Southampton at Saint Mary’s.
The boss, with his side holding on to a narrow lead during the latter stages, was barking at his players to get into a solid defensive position and marginally stepped out of his technical area and out onto the pitch.
Referee Craig Pawson, just as Southampton prepared to take their final corner of the game, was called over to the touchline by the fourth official and promptly asked Mourinho to leave the dugout.
Stepping over the line is, of course, a breach of its own in the FA rulebook, but the governing body has decided to be lenient towards a man they usually love punishing – he was handed two touchline bans last season – and will not pursue any further disciplinary action.
Perhaps the current controversy encircling the FA has played into Mourinho’s hands here. The FA’s creaking, outdated bureaucracy is already being painted in a negative light following the whole incident with woman’s coach Mark Sampson, and the sight of them picking on Mourinho for such a minor transgression would only plunge them deeper into the mire.