Mourinho calls ban a 'medal' in defiant blast at European authorities
Published 04/12/2010 | 05:00
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has called a two-match UEFA ban for improper conduct a "medal" and said he had been singled out for special treatment by the European governing body.
UEFA banned the Portuguese earlier in the week after allegations that he had engineered deliberate red cards for two of his players in a Champions League match.
Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos picked up yellow cards for time-wasting which resulted in them being sent off at the end of their 4-0 win away to Ajax last month.
"I see this punishment as a medal," Mourinho said. "I'm not going to change. My grandmother died a long time ago but I remember what she told me as a child: 'If they are envious of you, you should be happy,' and this has happened to me.
"I'm pleased there is one rule for Jose Mourinho and one for the other coaches. It's a historic punishment for me. Following the line of my old grandmother, it's a medal not a punishment.
"I can't leave the technical area, others can. I can't pick up a ball an adversary wants, others can. I can't speak with the fourth official, others can. They are medals so, no worries."