Bilic avoids touchline ban, angry fans use Mourinho example

Fans have accused the Football Association of double standards after West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic avoided a touchline ban for throwing an on-pitch TV microphone in frustration during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Some supporters believe that the FA’s punishment not does match up to that which was issued to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for a separate incident.

The Portuguese coach served a touchline ban earlier this season for kicking a water bottle in frustration.

Bilic did not suffer the same fate, but he was given an £8,000 fine after admitting to the misconduct charge.

The Croatian was sent to the stands by referee Michael Oliver following his act of anger when the Baggies scored an equaliser in stoppage time.

Hammers assistant coach Nikola Jurcevic was also fined the same sum for leaving the technical area to argue against an offside call.

After the FA issued a statement confirming the fine, plenty of fans vented their anger on Twitter, suggesting that there are harsher rules when Mourinho is involved.


 


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