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.
Slaven Bilic has escaped a touchline ban after angrily throwing a TV pitchside microphone, yet Mourinho got one for kicking a bottle? #mufc
— Carl White (@carlwhitey22) February 15, 2017
— shane reeves (@Reevesshane) February 15, 2017
— Giggsy (@redronzo) February 15, 2017
— Tony Barras (@tonybarras) February 15, 2017
@FA I think you need to take a serious look at yourselves! José would have been banned for life!
— Ste Beatty (@stebeatty1) February 15, 2017
Bilic picks up camera equipment n smashes it = 8k fine
Mourinho makes comment about a ref = 50k
Hang about ????????????
— jordan dicko (@JdDicko) February 15, 2017
Mourinho banned for kicking a water bottle.
— MUFC_blog (@mufc_blog) February 15, 2017