Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has received unlikely support from AS Roma rival Claudio Ranieri over his UEFA row.

Ranieri as always had an intense and often bitter rivalry with Mourinho, so naturally was asked about the 'improper conduct' investigation into Real Madrid allegedly getting two players sent off to clean their disciplinary record for the knock-outs.

"Is this a new thing? No, so let's not kid ourselves," shrugged Ranieri. "Some do it more, some less..."

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