Mourinho could face trouble

2011-04-28 11:32

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will learn whether he will face a disciplinary probe by the ruling body Uefa once it has received the official match reports on an ill-tempered Champions League semi-final with Barcelona in which Mourinho was sent into the stands.

A Uefa spokesperson told the German Press Agency dpa on Thursday that the body will not open possible disciplinay proceedings until it has received the reports from German referee Wolfgang Stark and the Uefa delegate at Wednesday’s match.

In addition, Barcelona are pondering a complaint to Uefa over post-match statements from Mourinho in which he suggested that Barca received preferential treatment.

Mourinho was ordered off the coaching bench by Stark in the 62nd minute for protesting a red card against Real defender Pepe to the fourth official.

Under Uefa rules, a coach who is sent into the stands normally has to serve a coaching bench ban for one match, which would be the return leg in Barcelona on Tuesday.

However, Uefa could impose harsher sanctions if it deems Mourinho’s behaviour a major rule violation or because he is not a first-time offender.

Mourinho, then in charge of Chelsea, was banned for two Champions League games from the touchline in 2005 after controversial remarks on the referee around a Chelsea-Barcelona tie.

Barca won Wednesday’s game 2-0 from Lionel Messi’s double after the ejection of Pepe and said later that they are looking into statements Mourinho made in the post match press conference.

“Jose Mourinho severely criticised the referee Herr Stark and insinuated that Uefa treated Barça favourably. The club’s legal department are now studying whether to take his remarks to the Uefa disciplinary commission,” Barca said in a statement.

Barca quoted Mourinho as saying in the news conference that their coach “Josep Guardiola is a fantastic football coach, but he has won one Champions League which would embarrass me after the scandalous goings on at Stamford Bridge and this year if he wins it again it will be after the scandalous goings on at the Bernabeu”.

Mourinho was referring to the 2009 semi-finals in which Barca got a stoppage time goal at Chelsea, who, for their part, had several penalty appeals turned down by the referee.

According to Barca, Mourinho also alleged: “I don’t know if it’s the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) publicity or the friendship of Villar at Uefa, where he is vice-president, I don’t know if it’s because they are so nice, but they have got great power. The rest of us have no chance.”

Unicef are Barcelona’s shirt sponsors and the club backed the re-election of Angel Maria Villar as Spanish football federation president.

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