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Report: Chelsea Backs Mourinho Anfield Decision
Guardian, April 24th, 2014 1:17PM

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Chelsea has given Jose Mourinho the green light to field a team at Liverpool on Sunday that reflects the club’s priority in the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg against Atletico Madrid, which takes place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. According to the Guardian, the Premier League is unconcerned at the prospect of Mourinho selecting a second-choice team, provided the majority of the players who take the field are members of Chelsea's 25-man squad.

Separately, Mourinho was one of three Chelsea members charged by the Football Association over the events that occurred during the Blues’ 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland last weekend. The Portuguese, who is still in the process of appealing an 8,000-pound ($13,440) fine for re-entering the playing field at Aston Villa last month, heaped sarcastic praise on referee Mike Dean as well as Mike Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, following Saturday’s defeat. He has been charged with improper conduct, while his assistant, Rui Faria, has been charged with two counts of improper conduct.

Meanwhile, midfielder Ramires is likely to be suspended for the rest of the Premier League season after the FA charged him with violent conduct for flinging his arm at Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson three minutes before halftime. If found guilty, the Brazilian faces a four-match ban, as it would be his second domestic dismissal of the season.

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