Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he will contest an FA charge for improper conduct following his sending off during his side’s 1-0 loss at Aston Villa.
Mourinho walked onto the pitch to speak with referee Chris Foy after Chelsea midfielder Ramires was shown a red card late in the encounter last Saturday.
“I have decided how I will respond and I don’t accept the charges,” Mourinho said in his press conference ahead of the Premier League top biller between his side and Arsenal this weekend.
The Portuguese boss is given until 18:00 GMT on Monday 24 March to respond to the Football Association (FA)Prem charges.
“I will speak to them privately now. For obvious reasons I don’t accept the charges,” he added.
Mourinho said after the match he wanted to speak to Foy about Villa’s already-substituted forward Gabriel Agbonlahor’s role during the melee.
The Saturday evening loss at Villa Park trimmed the league leaders’ lead to four points.