UEFA let Real Madrid, Mourinho off lightly over Champions League controversy

Real Madrid and coach Jose Mourinho have been cleared of serious punishment by UEFA over last week's Champions League controversy.

Real Madrid and coach Jose Mourinho have been cleared of serious punishment by UEFA over last week's Champions League controversy.

Mourinho has escaped with a one-match Champions League ban and a fine after UEFA found him guilty of improper conduct relating to the recent dismissals of players Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos.

Mourinho has been banned from the touchline for two UEFA competition matches - the second of which is suspended for three years - with the club fined 120,000 euros after the two players seemed to deliberately incur second bookings, therefore wiping out previous cautions ahead of the Champions League knockout stage.

The Portuguese coach will consequently only miss the dead rubber against Auxerre, providing he does not breach UEFA rules within "a probationary period of three years".

While Mourinho has also been fined to the tune of 40,000 euros, the players involved have escaped with only financial penalties by UEFA's control and disciplinary body.

 
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