Jose Mourinho was visibly angry with the refeering after his team’s defeat against Barcelona saying:
“Congratulations to a fantastic football team. But congratulations for all they have as well, it must be difficult to get to get all this power. Where does this power come from?” “It’s clear that against Barcelona you have no chance. I don’t know if it’s the publicity of Unicef [the club’s shirt sponsor], I don’t know if it’s because they are very nice, but they’ve got this power. I don’t know if it’s the friendship of [Spanish football federation president Angel Maria] Villar at Uefa, where he is vice-president.
Mourinho went on to list Barca’s semi-final victory over Chelsea in 2009, the Inter Milan semi-final from last season and now “the scandal of the Bernabeu”, as he suggested unfair red cards had been issued to rivals playing the Catalan side.
“This thing happens in each semi-final,” he said. “I am here just to ask this question and I hope to get the answer one day. I respect him (Barca coach Pep Guardiola) a great deal as a coach and a person ut he’s won one Champions League which I would be ashamed to win after the scandal at Stamford Bridge and this year, if he wins it again, it will be after the scandal at the Bernabeu. I hope that one day he will win a clean Champions League, with no incidents behind it.”