Real to challenge Mourinho ban

Real Madrid have appealed to UEFA over a five-match European ban handed down to manager Jose Mourinho.The Portuguese boss drew the ire of officials with an ill-tempered display during Real’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals in April.

He was sent to the stands for criticising the red card show to Real midfielder Pepe during the match, and later accused UEFA of a conspiracy to favour Barcelona in his post-match press conference.

“It’s clear that against Barcelona you have no chance,” Mourinho said after game.

“Guardiola is a fantastic coach, but he has won one Champions League which I would be ashamed to win after the scandal at Stamford Bridge and this year, if he wins it again, it will be after the scandal at the Bernabeu.”

“I hope that one day he will win a clean Champions League, with no incidents behind it.”

A statement on UEFA’s website confirmed Real have appealed the suspension.

“Real Madrid have appealed against the disciplinary verdict handed down to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho by the UEFA control and disciplinary body on May 6,” the statement said.

“The appeal follows the sending by UEFA of the reasoned decision on June 6. The date of the hearing will be communicated in due course.”