UEFA rejects new Madrid complaints on Barcelona
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Real Madrid's plea for UEFA to open new investigations into Barcelona players' Champions League behavior was rejected on Monday.
UEFA rejected fresh protests by both clubs, and said no new charges would be leveled following a bad-tempered semifinals, first-leg match last Wednesday, which Barcelona won 2-0.
Instead, UEFA's disciplinary committee will on Friday examine six charges against the two clubs - five for Madrid, one for Barcelona - including two for Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho made offensive comments to match officials and said UEFA actively helped Barcelona reach Champions League finals.
Madrid reacted by asking UEFA to sanction Daniel Alves, Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio Busquets for feigning injuries.
It also wanted UEFA to look again at a red card shown to Pepe for his tackle on Alves when the match was scoreless after an hour.
"In the case of the behavior of the Barcelona players, it was deemed that there was no common strategy to provoke the Real Madrid players, while in the case of Pepe, the referee's factual decision is upheld,'' UEFA said in a statement.
"As a result, the player Pepe is suspended for the Barcelona-Real Madrid match on (Tuesday).''
Mourinho also will serve a touchline ban at the Camp Nou after being sent from the dugout last Wednesday.
Barcelona's additional complaint regarding Mourinho's post-match rant also was rejected by a single member of UEFA's disciplinary committee.
"Barcelona have been referred to the proceedings already brought against Jose Mourinho,'' the statement said.
On Friday, UEFA will consider charges against Mourinho plus Pepe for his sending off, and Madrid for its fans throwing missiles and invading the pitch.
Barcelona faces a single charge, for its unused substitute goalkeeper Jose Pinto receiving a red card for his part in a touchline brawl at halftime.
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