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Laporta Slams Lifting Of Mourinho Ban

We are still six weeks away from the first El Clasico of the season but the rhetoric is already at a mid- season level.

The news that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) had lifted Jose Mourinho’s touchline ban imposed on him for poking his finger in the eye of then Barcelona assistant manager Tito Vilanova last season has not gone down well in Catalonia.

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says that the RFEF’s decision to lift the ban on Mourinho was wrong.

“It is clear to me that Mourinho is the assailant, but the rules say that there may be a pardon, and we must respect them,” Laporta told Catalunya Radio stated.

“Mourinho acted with premeditation, his aggression was from behind. It is a completely improper and ridiculous action.”

However, the politician was quick to defend Vilanova’s actions, stating that the Catalan club’s boss was simply reacting to what had been done to him.

“Only Mourinho should have been punished, because Tito’s reaction is normal when someone is trying to hurt you from behind,” Laporta said.