Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been accused of misconduct by the Football Federation for comments he made about referee Lee Mason.
The Portuguese sharply criticized the official after his side’s Premier League game against Burnley on December 21.
The FA said in a statement: “Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with a breach of FA E3 rule in connection with their Premier League match against Burnley FC on Monday 21 December 2020.
“It is alleged that the comments made by the head coach in a post-match interview constitute inappropriate conduct as they were personally offensive to the match referee and / or brought the match into disrepute . ”
Nuno has until Jan. 5 to respond to the charge, the FA said.
The Wolves boss took aim at Mason after Burnley’s game, which ended in a 2-1 loss for his team.
“The referee does not have the quality to whistle a Premier League game,” he said.
He added: “I just don’t want to see him anymore – that’s what I told him. I hope he doesn’t whistle one of our games again because all the games we have with Lee Mason are still the same.
“He can’t control the players, the players are constantly arguing – the two teams. With all the other referees, the game unfolds, there is a dialogue. He just isn’t ready to do it. ”
Nuno said he would only apologize at this time for his comments and not for his “words and thoughts”.
“I will never judge or question the integrity of a referee,” he said. “I’ve never done it and I never will in my life.
“What I said was about the referee’s ability, how I felt and what I saw in the match and the previous matches. ”
Post-match comments on a referee’s performance are permitted under FA rules provided they do not involve bias, do not undermine the integrity of an official, are not personally offensive, prolonged or particularly unreasonable.
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