Real Madrid`s Mourinho appeals UEFA ban

Nyon, Switzerland: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is appearing before UEFA`s appeal panel to challenge his five-match ban from Champions League matches.

Mourinho accused UEFA and its referees of a long-standing conspiracy to help rival Barcelona after his team lost 2-0 in a semifinal first-leg match in April. He was also sent from the dugout during the game.

UEFA`s disciplinary body said the Portuguese coach made "inappropriate" comments.

Mourinho is currently banned from entering the stadium and communicating with players and coaches at Madrid`s next three group-stage matches.

He was banned for the return leg in Barcelona, and another match of his ban was suspended for three years.

UEFA`s verdict is expected later Friday.

Bureau Report

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