Mourinho: Barca have 'power' over officials
Jose Mourinho, who was sent to the stands during Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat on Wednesday night, risked an extended Uefa ban by claiming a refereeing conspiracy helps Barcelona to progress in the Champions League.
Mourinho made mention of four officials: Anders Frisk, who he claimed received a half-time visit from Frank Rijkaard, the then Barcelona coach, in 2005; Tom Henning Ovrebo, who dismissed Chelsea’s Didier Drogba against Barcelona in 2009; Massimo Busacca, who sent off Arsenal’s Robin van Persie at Camp Nou this season, and Wolfgang Stark, who showed a red card to Real’s Pepe on Wednesday. Mourinho was also expelled.
“I didn't say anything to the referee,’’ said Mourinho of his dismissal. “I simply laughed and showed my thumbs up. That was it. If I say to him and UEFA what I think my career ends today. I can't say what I feel. I only leave one question. Why? Why? Ovrebo, Busacca, Frisk, Stark? Why to all these people?”
Mourinho alleged Barcelona enjoyed some form of “power”, a claim that Uefa must take issue with. “Each semi-final always brings the same,’’ said Mourinho of Barcelona. “We're talking about a fantastic football team. So why? As a match strategy we were not going to lose.
“I don't know if it’s the advertising for Unicef. I don't know if it's UEFA. Congratulations for a wonderful football team. It must be difficult to get this power. They have managed to get this power. No-one else has any chance really. Arsène Wenger. Today myself. I don't understand why. I hope one day I will find the answer.”
He felt the tie over. "It's mission impossible. They have to reach the final and they will. That’s it. Perhaps they could win on merit. This match was bound for a nil-nil result. Why did he do this? He won't answer because now he is going home. Last year was a miracle but this year absolutely nothing. Why don't they let other teams play against them?
"Yes we are out. We will go there with all the pride and respect for our world. Sometimes I feel disgusted living in this world and earning my living in this world. We have to do it with pride.
"Without Pepe. Without Sergio Ramos (suspended). Without the coach. The result is practically impossible to revert. If we score in Barcelona they will kill us again. There is no chance for us.
"I know many Catalan friends and they will be happy and they're going to Wembley but to win this way cannot feel the same.
He had another dig at Pep Guardiola, Barcelona’s coach, who led his team to victory in the 2009 final over Manchester United.
"I won two European titles and I won them on the pitch,’’ continued the former Porto and Inter Milan coach. "I would’ve been embarrassed to win that title because it was won with the scandal of Stamford Bridge. This will be won with the scandal of the Bernabeu.
“I hope one day he wins a Champions League title as it should be, perfect, spotless, without any scandal. I respect him as a person and as a manager. I didn't disrespect him before the game.’’
Guardiola refused to be drawn on Mourinho’s allegations, constantly saying: “Nothing, nothing.”
Guardiola also refused to comment on the performance of Stark, who also booked Alvaro Arbeloa, Emmanuel Adebayor, Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano as well as sending off the Barcelona reserve keeper Jose Pinto for pushing Arbeloa in the tunnel.
“We tried to play the best as possible,’’ said Guardiola. “There is a referee to take the decisions.”
And Uefa to clear up the mess afterwards.