UEFA to probe Real-Barca clash
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:58:03 GMT
Latest fractious clash between Spanish titans Real Madrid and Barcelona has turned UEFA to launch a disciplinary inquiry into the events of the Champions League semifinal.
Wednesday's match saw Barca winning its archrival Real Madrid 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real defender Pepe and manager Jose Mourinho were both fired on the hour mark and Mourinho harshly criticized referee Wolfgang Stark after the game.
UEFA said on Thursday that it would investigate Mourinho's post-match outburst in which the Portuguese suggested referees always showed favoritism to Barca.
This comes after the Real boss said, "It shouldn't have been a red card for Pepe. Maybe someone can give me an answer. A foul on a Barcelona player and miraculously a red card."
"I don't know if Barcelona are friendly or not. They are a great team so congratulations to them but they have this power. Pepe sent off and me too. I don't know why. Why? Why does a fantastic team need this (Anders) Frisk (the referee for the 2009 semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea) Stark (the match referee). Why? Why? Football is equal for everyone. The team that deserves to win, should win,” he was quoted as saying by AFP.
"If they won by merit we would accept it. Why in a balanced game like tonight did it happen? Why? Why did they leave us with ten men? Why did they turn down four penalties against Chelsea in the semifinal a few years ago? I hope one day I will have an answer. I always try to be honest. I just want to know why," said Mourinho.
Barcelona also announced it was lodging an official complaint with European football's governing body over the Portuguese outburst.
Real countered late on Thursday by issuing its own complaint to UEFA over what it termed Barcelona's persistent unsporting behavior during the match.
UEFA said it was also investigating the throwing of missiles by Real Madrid fans, a pitch invasion and the red card shown to Pepe for a tackle on Dani Alves.