BERNE - UEFA has thrown out protests made
by Real Madrid and Barcelona against each other following their
ill-tempered Champions League semi-final first leg last week.
Real Madrid had protested against diving and play-acting by
Barcelona players who in turn complained about comments made by
their opponents' coach Jose Mourinho.
UEFA themselves have brought charges against both teams who
will face a disciplinary hearing on Friday.
"The protests lodged by Real Madrid against the behaviour of
the FC Barcelona players during the match and against the red
card shown to Pepe are rejected," UEFA said in a statement on
"In the case of the behaviour of the Barcelona players, it
was deemed that there was no common strategy to provoke the Real
Madrid player, while in the case of Pepe, the referee's factual
decision is upheld.
"As a result, the player Pepe is suspended for the
Barcelona-Real Madrid match on May 3.
"The complaint lodged Barcelona against the comments made by
the Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to the press, was also
rejected," UEFA said.
"In this instance, Barcelona have been referred to the
proceedings already brought against Jose Mourinho which will be
heard... on May 6.
"No new disciplinary proceedings are therefore to be opened
against Jose Mourinho on the basis of the complaint lodged by FC
Two Lionel Messi goals gave Barcelona a 2-0 win in a match
marred by incessant play acting and harrassment of the referee
and linesmen by both teams.
The second leg is at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
Pepe was sent off for a studs-up lunge at Daniel Alves in
the second half while Mourinho was ordered from the touchline
for the manner in which he protested the decision.
A scuffle on the touchline at half-time led to a red card for
Barcelona's reserve goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto.
UEFA will on Friday look into the red cards with the
possibility of extending the automatic one-match bans for the
European football's governing body will also investigate the
comments by Mourinho, who implied that Barcelona received
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