European football's governing body, UEFA, has suspended Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho for five games by Uefa with a fine of £44,000, punishing him for his conduct during and after the first leg of his side's Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.
Mourinho was banished to the stands after sarcastically winking at the referee Wolfgang Stark, and applauding him for controversially sending off his defender Pepe. The Portuguese then went vented in the post-match conference indicating a conspiracy theory against Uefa and Barcelona.
Mourinho had said, I don't know if it is to give publicity to Unicef or if it's the friendship of (Spanish FA chief Angel Maria) Villar at Uefa or if it's because they are very nice, but why does it always happen, he asked.
Uefa stated that his comments were an inappropriate statement.
Though it is technically a five match ban, in practice it'll be just three matches as Mourinho already served one game - the second leg against Barcelona - and one is suspended. It means Mourinho will miss the first three games of next season's Champions League, bar the outcome of the appeal Real Madrid have confirmed they will do.
UEFA also served out punishments to Pepe who was suspended for one match but has already served out the suspension after missing the second leg against Barca. The Catalan's reserve keeper José Pinto who was sent off at half-time of the first leg in Madrid, is suspended for three matches and will miss the final at Wembley. Real Madrid were also fined €20,000 for the improper conduct of their supporters.