The Football Association is to appeal the decision not to charge Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for comments he made after his side's win over Newcastle last month.
The FA claims the Red Devils boss swore in Portuguese at a TV camera as he made his way down the touchline at Old Trafford following United's 3-2 comeback win at Old Trafford.
A lip reader was used by the FA to try to interpret what Mourinho said as he made his way towards the tunnel, with the Portuguese’s remarks subsequently deemed as offensive.
Mourinho looked to have escaped punishment when the Independent Regulatory Commission found the charge unproven at a hearing last week.
However, after receiving the written reasons from the commission, the FA has now appealed the decision which, if overturned, could see Mourinho handed a touchline ban.
The FA instructed Pedro Xavier, an ‘expert in the translation and interpretation of lip reading of colloquial Portuguese language’, to try and decipher what Mourinho said.
Xavier alleges Mourinho said said “Vós sois uns filhos da puta” twice, which translates as 'sons of a whore'.
Xavier concluded that Mourinho’s comments were the “typical expression used when people are angry” but can be considered “highly inappropriate and unprofessional” and “in a professional context it is absolutely offensive”.
In reply to the charge, Mourinho produced his own expert report from Simao Valente, an Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon and ‘an expert in the Portuguese language, including colloquialisms’.
Valente argued that what Mourinho said literally translated as to “Go take it in the a***”, sons of the whore" and “F**k off you sons of b*****s” or “F**k off you a*******s” as an idiomatic translation.
Valente argued that the words, although rude, would not be considered offensive to an average Portuguese person, particularly as they were used in a celebratory manner in the context of Manchester United’s dramatic victory.
He argued the phrase “filhos da puta” – literally “sons of a whore” - should be more contextually translated as a phrase like “hell yeah”.
The panel ruled that Mourinho wasn’t in breach of regulations as he “was celebrating victory without aiming the words at anyone in particular” and that “his words were inaudible”.
The panel also ruled that if typical person fluent in Portuguese colloquialisms did manage to decipher what Mourinho said they “would not feel insulted or offended.”
The FA, however, disagree, saying in a statement: "Having carefully considered the Written Reasons of the Independent Regulatory Commission relating to the case involving José Mourinho, The FA can confirm it is appealing the decision."