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Mourinho escapes ban after sending off

Southampton v Manchester United - Premier League

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United gets sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the English Football Association after he was sent off at Southampton on Saturday.

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Towards the end of United’s 1-0 win -- which keeps them unbeaten and in second-place in the standings -- Mourinho encroached slightly onto the pitch (we are talking half a yard here) and referee Craig Pawson sent him to the stands after being called over by fourth official Mike Jones who pulled Mourinho back into his technical area.

Mourinho, in true fashion, then delayed his sending off by shaking the hands of every member of Southampton’s coaching staff before he took his place in the stands for the final few seconds of the game.

After being sent off nine times in his career for various discrepancies over the years, Mourinho is no stranger to having the FA’s rule book thrown at him.

However there is an argument out there, and a credible one, that due to his high profile and history of misdemeanors Mourinho is treated rather differently than most managers.

In his long list of previous incidents where he has stepped out of line, stepping slightly over the touchline at Southampton was incredibly minor.

Common sense has prevailed.

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