- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2011

NYON, SWITZERLAND (AP) - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been banned for five Champions League matches after accusing UEFA of conspiring to help Barcelona.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel says Mourinho made an “inappropriate” comment.

Mourinho said after Madrid’s 2-0 loss last week that UEFA and referees actively tried to help Barcelona reach the Champions League final.

He served one match of the ban when Madrid was eliminated in Tuesday’s game at Barcelona, and another match is suspended for three years.

That means Mourinho can’t communicate with players and coaches at Madrid’s first three group matches next season.

Mourinho can appeal to UEFA.

UEFA also banned Barcelona substitute Jose Pinto from the Champions League final.



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