Jose Mourinho is in the dock after UEFA hit Real Madrid and Barcelona with a total of six charges relating to their hate-fuelled Champions League clash.
Mourinho faces an extended touchline ban for his sending-off during the second half of Wednesday’s game at the Bernabeu and post-match comments which implied there was a conspiracy to help Barca get through.
Real also face charges of missiles thrown from the crowd and a pitch invasion at the final whistle, and Pepe will discover the length of ban he must serve for the tackle on Dani Alves which resulted in a red card.
Barcelona, who won 2-0, face just one charge, levelled at unused substitute goalkeeper Jose Pinto, who was sent off for his role in a scuffle as the teams returned to the dressing rooms at half-time.
All the cases will be considered by UEFA a week today, by which time the feuding Spanish teams will have played the second leg of the semi-final at the Nou Camp, their fourth meeting in 18 days.
The bitter exchanges continued yesterday, with Barcelona vowing to report Real to UEFA for inflammatory comments Mourinho made before and after the game.
Real in return posted a three-minute film on their website made up of footage of Barca players, particularly Sergio Busquets and Pedro, diving and feigning injury at the Bernabeu.
It included repeated slow-motion replays of Pepe’s challenge on Alves from an angle which seems to prove there was no contact and that the Barcelona full back pulled his leg away before being hurt.
Alves required extensive treatment on the field before he was carried off, only to return.
The mini-film ends on a message posted on Twitter during the game by Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, which read: ‘If u ever see me go off on a stretcher then run back on to play I give every1 on here the green light to hit me with a 2footedtackle!’
It was clearly aimed at Alves and Emmanuel Adebayor, on loan at Real from Manchester City, said: ‘Whenever you play Barcelona, whenever you touch them, they are on the floor crying like babies.’
Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo echoed Mourinho’s conspiracy theories, saying: ‘Every year it’s the same. Barcelona are a great team but those lads have a lot of power on the pitch and off it too. We didn’t play well but the game was under control when it was 11 against 11. But they send Pepe off, and every year it’s the same. I don’t understand it.’
Ronaldo also admitted he found it tough playing in Mourinho’s cautious system. ‘I don’t like to play like that at all but I have to adapt to what the team asks of me,’ he said.
Barcelona’s players reacted by accusing their rivals of boring tactics. Gerard Pique said: ‘It’s always the same with Mourinho.
‘Even before the red card they did not attack. They played the same game again even though they knew they were playing at home and they would have to come to the Nou Camp. In the end when you play with fire, you end up burning yourself. This is what happened to Real Madrid.’