3 May 2011

Uefa rejects clubs complaints

7:26 am on 3 May 2011

European football's governing body has rejected the complaints lodged by Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona following their Champions League semi-final first leg.

Real had complained about the dismissal of midfielder Pepe, while Barcelona had laid a complaint about Real boss Jose Mourinho.

But Uefa will investigate the charges brought against both clubs.

Real Madrid are in the dock for the dismissals of midfielder Pepe and Mourinho, the latter's post-match outburst and the behaviour of their fans during last week's 2-nil defeat at the Bernabeu.

Barcelona have been charged over the red card shown to reserve goalkeeper Jose Pinto at half-time.

The already heightened emotions surrounding the match were further inflamed by Mourinho after the full-time whistle when he suggested the Catalan club is favourably treated by referees.

The two sides meet in the second leg at the Nou Camp tomorrow.