Jose Mourinho risks a two-game touchline ban that would force him to sit out Manchester United's Premier League clash with Arsenal later this month if he chooses to contest a Football Association charge for verbally abusing referee Mark Clattenburg, The Independent reported.
The United manager, who is expected to receive a fine later this week when a disciplinary panel reviews an unrelated improper conduct charge for media comments about referee Anthony Taylor, was charged with misconduct by the FA on Tuesday afternoon as a result of his actions during Saturday's goalless draw against Burnley at Old Trafford.
In a statement, the FA said: "Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct following Manchester United's game against Burnley on Saturday [29 October 2016].
"It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area at half time he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official.
"He has until 6pm on 4 November 2016 to respond to the charge."
If Mourinho accepts the misconduct charge, he will trigger an automatic one-match touchline ban – not the more stringent stadium ban which prevents the manager from entering the stadium on a match-day – which would force him to spend Sunday's Premier League encounter with Swansea City in the directors' box at the Liberty Stadium.
However, if Mourinho and United decide the fight the charge, a regulatory panel would not be able to consider the case until after the Swansea game.
Mourinho would then be free to sit in the dug-out at Swansea, but with Arsenal due at Old Trafford following the international break on November 19, the former Chelsea manager would be at risk of being banished to the stands for the fixture with Arsenal.