Mourinho won`t punish Pepe for Messi hand stamp

Last Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 23:23

Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will not punish Pepe for stomping on the hand of Barcelona`s Lionel Messi, saying that the defender`s apology was sufficient.

The Portuguese manager said Saturday "the player has spoken and that is enough" after including Pepe in his squad for Sunday`s home game against Athletic Bilbao.

Real Madrid lost 2-1 Wednesday to Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal. Mourinho said after the game if Pepe had stepped on Messi`s hand intentionally it would be "punishable."

The following day Pepe issued a statement on Madrid`s website saying the stomp was "unintentional."

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 23:23

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