Jose Mourinho has lost his appeal against the Premier League’s ‘tapping up’ verdict, but seen his fine reduced.
After a hearing in central London, Mourinho saw his guilty verdict upheld but his fine cut by £125,000, to £75,000.
“In regard to the appeals by Ashley Cole and Jose Mourinho, the Premier League appeals committee has reminded themselves of the evidence in both cases and received submissions from the respective legal representatives,” read a Premier League statement.
“In both cases, the Premier League appeals committee has dismissed the appeals on findings.
“However … the committee … found favour in part in Jose Mourinho’s appeal on his sanctions, deciding that although he had a greater responsibility as a manager and senior club representative, he was less culpable for the arranged meeting.
“As such, his fine is reduced from £200,000 to £75,000.”
Chelsea lawyer Jim Sturman has indicated that The Blues will not now pursue the matter any further.
Sturman told Sky Sports News: “We had a fair hearing and now we can move on.”
When asked whether the matter had come to an end, he added: “As far as we’re concerned, yes.”
Official Chelsea Football Club statement · Update
Statement from Chelsea Football Club, on behalf of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea FC, on the Premier League Appeals committee verdict:
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are pleased that the Premier League Appeals Committee has significantly reduced the fine imposed on Jose. We always regarded the original fine as completely disproportionate to the alleged offence.
We are also pleased that the Appeals Committee has publicly recognised that Jose’s culpability with respect to the arranged meeting was less than Ashley Cole’s.
Although we are disappointed the original verdict still stands, we accept the verdict and believe it is time to move on and look forward to the new Premiership season.