Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has banned and fined Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho after finding him guilty of improper conduct for his role in the red cards of his players Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos, in the recent Champions League match against Ajax Amsterdam.
Mourinho is banned from the touchline for two UEFA matches, the second of which will come into force if he is again found guilty of improper conduct in the next three years. He is also fined €40,000 (USD 51991.99) while his club, Real Madrid, was fined €120,000 after the two players mentioned above deliberately incurred second yellows, thereby manipulating the rules and clearing all previous cautions before the Champions League knock-out stage.
Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek were also fined for their roles in the saga. The ban means Mourinho will miss the meaningless match against Auxerre which is of less importance as Real have already secured first spot in their Champions League group.
UEFA said in a statement, Players Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were fined €20,000, Iker Casillas was fined €10,000 and Jerzy Dudek was fined €5,000.
The red cards given to Alonso and Ramos stand, and they have therefore been suspended for one Uefa club competition match. The control and disciplinary body has decided to fine Real Madrid CF €120,000. An appeal may be lodged against the ruling within three days of the dispatch of the reasoning for the decision.
Portuguese coach Mourinho will only be suspended for the second match if he is again found guilty of improper conduct in the next three years.
This is not the first time Mourinho is found guilty of improper conduct. When he was the manager of English Premier League club Chelsea, UEFA had banned him from the touchline for two matches in 2005 after he accused Frank Rijkaard, the then coach of Barcelona, of visiting Swedish referee Anders Frisk at half time.
The news comes as a another blow for Real after their crushing 5-0 defeat against arch-rivals Barcelona on Monday.