Madrid vow to appeal against severity of Mourinho ban
Published 07/05/2011 | 05:00
real madrid say they will appeal against the five-match ban imposed by UEFA on coach Jose Mourinho for suggesting Barcelona were favoured by European football's governing body and its referees.
UEFA also banned Barcelona reserve keeper Jose Pinto for three games, so he misses the Champions League final against Manchester United. Pep Guardiola will have to put 21-year-old B-team keeper Oier Olazabal on the bench at Wembley.
Mourinho has already sat out one match of his five, the second leg against Barcelona this week, and the final match of the ban is suspended, but he will not be able to lead Real Madrid into their first three games of the Champions League next season.
Madrid are furious with what they see as a curb on the right to express feelings of injustice at the end of a game. But UEFA have decided to make an example of Mourinho after -- as they see it -- he called the integrity of the competition into question.
"Every semi-final the same thing happens," said Mourinho after he had Pepe sent off in the second half of the semi-final first leg 2-0 defeat to Barcelona. "They are a fantastic football team, but why, three years ago, and why, last year, do they get to play against 10 players?"
Pepe's original one-match ban for the foul on Dani Alves that saw him sent off has not been extended and Madrid believe that indicates UEFA also believe the decision was harsh.
Barca have three days to decide if they will appeal over Pinto, who clashed with Real Madrid's Alvaro Arbeloa as players were leaving the pitch at half time in the first leg.
Mourinho will be on the bench tonight at Sevilla knowing anything less than a win could allow Barcelona win the title tomorrow in the Catalan derby against Espanyol. (© Independent News Service)
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