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Uefa will charge Real Madrid and Barcelona

Uefa say its disciplinary committee will meet on May 6 to consider a range of incidents involving both clubs during an ill-tempered encounter in Madrid, which Barca went on to win 2-0.

Players, officials and staff from Barcelona and Real Madrid tussle at half-time during a temperous Champions League semi-final first leg between the two sides.
Players, officials and staff from Barcelona and Real Madrid tussle at half-time during a temperous Champions League semi-final first leg between the two sides.

NYON, SWITZERLAND // Uefa have opened a disciplinary case to investigate the Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's "inappropriate" comments after his team lost to Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

Uefa did not specify charges against the Portuguese coach, who suggested that Europe's football governing body has actively helped Barca reach the Champions League final over the last three years.

Mourinho will also be investigated for being banished from the dugout following comments directed at match officials when Pepe, the Real defender, was sent off after an hour last night with the game goalless.

Uefa said its disciplinary committee will meet on May 6 to consider a range of incidents involving both clubs during an ill-tempered encounter in Madrid, which Barca went on to win 2-0.

"The case against Real Madrid is in relation to the throwing of missiles, a pitch invasion, the red card shown to Pepe, the dismissal of coach Jose Mourinho, as well as the inappropriate statement given by Mr Mourinho to the media after the match," Uefa said in a statement.

Uefa will examine whether Mourinho's remarks at the press conference violated its sportsmanship rules, relating to "the basic rules of decent conduct".

The Uefa panel also will consider sanctions against Barca after an angry scuffle between players and officials from both teams at half-time resulted in Jose Pinto, the substitute Barca goalkeeper, being shown a red card by Wolfgang Stark, the German referee.

Uefa acted after studying reports from Stark and their official match delegate Janis Mezeckis, the general secretary of Latvia's Football Association.