Madrid’s Mourinho banned for deliberate red cards

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NYON, SWITZERLAND (AP) - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been banned for one Champions League match for instructing players to get deliberate red cards so they could serve suspensions in a meaningless game.

Mourinho also was fined 40,000 euros ($51,990) Tuesday by the Union of European Football Associations for instructing Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos to get ejected against Ajax last week.

Alonso and Ramos were fined 20,000 euros ($25,990). They already were suspended from Real’s final first-round match, against Auxerre on Dec. 8, but are free to play in the second round.

Madrid has clinched first place in Group G.

Mourinho also was given a further one-match suspension to be imposed if he is found guilty within the next three years of what UEFA calls “improper conduct.”

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