Real appeals Mourinho’s five-match European ban

2011-06-10 11:21

Nyon, Switzerland – Real Madrid has challenged coach José Mourinho’s five-match Champions League ban for accusing Uefa, European football mother body, and its referees of conspiring to help Barcelona defend the title.

Uefa says its appeals body will hear the case on June 30.

Uefa’s disciplinary panel punished Mourinho for “inappropriate” comments after Madrid’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on April 27.

He also was sent from the dugout during the match.

Mourinho was banned for the return leg and one match of his sanction was suspended for three years.

This means he will miss Madrid’s first three Champions League group-stage matches next season.

Under Uefa rules, Mourinho can appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport if his sanction is at three matches. 

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