Mourinho ban reduced on appeal

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UEFA have confirmed they have modified the five-match European ban imposed on Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho so the fourth match, as well as the fifth, is now suspended.

Mourinho was handed the initial punishment in May in relation to the ill-tempered Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona at the Bernabeu, when the Portuguese was sent to the stands during the game and made what UEFA termed "an inappropriate statement" in the post-match press conference.

Mourinho, who served the first match of the ban in the second leg against Barca, was also fined 50,000 euros by UEFA's control and disciplinary body. Madrid lodged an appeal against the decision, which was heard - and partially upheld - by UEFA's appeals body on Friday.

A statement on the UEFA website read: "UEFA's Appeals Body today partially upheld the decision taken by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body against Real Madrid and their head coach Jose Mourinho.

"The original judgment related to Mourinho's dismissal from the bench and the inappropriate statement made at the post-match press conference of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in the Spanish capital on 27 April.

"After hearing the parties and looking at various pieces of evidence, the Appeals Body decided to modify the sanction.

"The five-match ban, with the fifth game suspended for a probationary period of three years, is changed to a five-match ban, with the fourth and fifth fixtures suspended for a probationary period of three years. The 50,000 euro fine imposed on Mourinho stays."

UEFA also announced they have rejected an appeal against the 20,000 euro fine imposed on Madrid for the "improper conduct" of their supporters during the same match.

Madrid can appeal against today's rulings to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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