7 Dec 2010

UEFA cuts Mourinho ban to one match and reduces fine

7:43 am on 7 December 2010

UEFA has reduced on appeal a fine and two-match ban given to coach Jose Mourinho after allegations that two of his Real Madrid players engineered deliberate red cards in last month's Champions League game with Ajax Amsterdam.

European football's governing body, which originally ruled Mourinho, the club and four players guilty of "improper conduct", cut the Portuguese's fine to 30,000 euros from 40,000 and Real's to 100,000 euros from 120,000.

It also reduced the coach's suspension to one match - Thursday's Group G game at home to Auxerre - from the initial punishment of a one-game suspension and a second game deferred for a probationary period of three years.

Fines of 20,000 euros and one-match suspensions for Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos, who were shown second yellow cards near the end of the match for wasting time, will stand, as will fines of 10,000 and 5,000 euros respectively for captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas and reserve keeper Jerzy Dudek, who appeared to relay messages from Mourinho to Alonso and Ramos.

Spain internationals Ramos and Alonso will serve their bans against Auxerre - a dead rubber game as Real are already assured of first place in Group G and qualification for the last 16.