Mourinho in UEFA hot water
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. (Gallo)
Nyon - UEFA charged Real Madrid coach Jose
Mourinho with "unsporting conduct" on Thursday over allegations he
ordered two players to get themselves sent off in a Champions League
UEFA's disciplinary committee will investigate Mourinho as
well as players Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Jerzy
Dudek. Their cases will be heard on November 30.
Mourinho appeared to
send instructions from the bench before Alonso and Ramos received second
yellow cards for time-wasting late in Tuesday's 4-0 win against Ajax in
Their expulsions meant they should serve one-match
suspensions in a meaningless group match against Auxerre next month,
then start the knockout rounds in February with a clean slate.
On Tuesday, Mourinho dismissed the idea that he had orchestrated the bookings.
spoke with many players throughout the game, not only with Ramos and
Alonso," Mourinho said after the match. "Stories sell, but the important
thing is the 4-0 win and the fantastic game we had. Let's talk about
that and not other things."
Mourinho has previously clashed with UEFA after incidents in the Champions League when he coached Chelsea.
banned Mourinho from the touchline for two matches in 2005 after he
accused Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of visiting Swedish referee
Anders Frisk at halftime in the first leg of a round-of-16 clash.
is in his first season with Madrid and aims to become the first coach
to lead three different clubs to the European title. He guided FC Porto
to the 2004 title, and Inter Milan last season.
Also on Thursday,
UEFA said it opened a disciplinary case against Romanian champion Cluj
for the improper conduct of its coach Sorin Cartu during a Champions
League game at FC Basel.
Cartu kicked out a dugout panel, sending
shards of plastic flying through the air during his team's 1-0 loss in
Switzerland on Tuesday. He was then restrained by a club official.
The club said on Thursday it fired Cartu and apologized to UEFA, to Basel and "to all football and sports fans."