MADRID - Jose Mourinho's finger-in-the-eye
assault on Barcelona's assistant trainer was "an act of
arrogance and impotence" and Real Madrid must rein in their
controversial coach, Dutch great Johan Cruyff said.
Mourinho is being investigated by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) after he jabbed a finger into Tito Vilanova's
eye during a mass brawl that flared up during last month's
Spanish Super Cup match.
Cruyff, who coached Barca to four straight La Liga titles in
the early 1990s, told Monday's El Periodico daily Mourinho's
behaviour was damaging Real Madrid's image and was born of an
obsession with beating Barca at any cost.
"Mourinho might be a very good person in private and a very
good coach but the side he shows the world is something else,"
"Many people say that he does it to deflect attention so
that it will be talked about and not the football," he added.
"I don't believe it. It is an act of arrogance and
Mourinho, who served as an assistant Barca coach in the late
90s, could be handed a lengthy ban by the federation and Cruyff
said Real shared a responsibility to rein in the former Porto,
Chelsea and Inter Milan manager.
"The current situation is extremely disagreeable," the
Dutchman told El Periodico.
"Madrid's responsibility in the world is very great and
there are certain things you should not allow to happen.
"There are millions of children in the world who have been
showed a terrible example and Madrid is not looking out for them
in any way. The club has the duty to change the situation.
"Madrid has always been great for many years due to the way
it is, its style, its behaviour.
"Now, with every day that passes it's losing prestige. The
problem now is that it is obsessed with Barca and it has gone
beyond the limits."
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