Barcelona’s directors decided to report Jose Mourinho to UEFA after the Real Madrid coach hit out at the club and its coach, Pep Guardiola, following the Catalan team’s 2-0 victory in the Champions League semifinals.
Barcelona on Thursday cited comments made by Mourinho in his news conference after Wednesday’s match, when the Portuguese coach said Guardiola should feel “ashamed” if his team goes on to win the trophy and questioned whether the club’s sponsorship deal with UNICEF earned it special treatment from European football’s governing body.
“It is unacceptable that anyone puts into question our titles or our links with UNICEF,” Barcelona spokesman Antoni Freixa said. “Our intention is not to fan the flames but rather to put them out because we understand that managers should talk only about football and not about things that can incite violence.”
Barcelona’s decision followed UEFA’s earlier announcement that it was opening up a disciplinary procedure against Mourinho over his comments.