MADRID (AP) The Spanish football federation banned Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho for two matches Friday for using inappropriate language to address a referee during a match.
Mourinho was ejected during Madrid’s 5-1 win over Murcia on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey after telling referee Jose Luis Paradas Romero to “go to hell.”
The federation said it sanctioned Mourinho “for making observations to the referee” and handed down the two-match ban “for addressing a referee in disrespectful terms.” The federation can ban a coach for up to a month for infringing regulations.
Mourinho will miss Sunday’s match against Sporting Gijon at the El Molinon Stadium and the following match against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu on Nov. 20.
Unless Madrid successfully appeals the decision, the Portuguese coach will return to the bench for the match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Nov. 29.