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Thursday, March 31, 2005 

Mourinho given two-match ban

The Chelsea FC manager José Mourinho has been handed a two-match touchline ban following today's investigation by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body into incidents connected with the UEFA Champions League first knockout round first leg against FC Barcelona in Spain on 23 February.

Mourinho was also fined 20,000 Swiss francs (€13,000). Assistant manager Steve Clarke and security official Les Miles were reprimanded for their involvement while Chelsea were fined CHF 75,000 (€48,400).

A UEFA statement said: "Having listened to evidence presented by the disciplinary inspector and by Chelsea FC, the Control and Disciplinary Body decided to impose a two-match suspension and a fine of CHF 20,000 on Chelsea FC manager José Mourinho. Chelsea FC were fined CHF 75,000. Les Miles and Steve Clarke were each reprimanded. The above decisions may be appealed against within three days of UEFA informing the club in writing of the reasoning.

"As far as the touchline ban is concerned, Article 70 para 2 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations states: 'A team manager/coach who is suspended from carrying out his function may follow the match for which he is suspended from the stands only. He is not allowed in the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before and during the match nor is he allowed to get in contact with his team.'"

UEFA will now give written grounds to Chelsea for its decision, after which the English club will have three days in which to lodge any appeal with UEFA. The European body said there was a possibility that Mourinho could still be on the bench for next week's Champions League quarter-final first leg against FC Bayern München.

Any appeal has no delaying effect on the decisions taken today. However, the club may request a delaying effect, pending an appeal, which would be reviewed by UEFA before the match.

Source: uefa.com.


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