Uefa charge Real Madrid and Barcelona following ill-tempered meeting

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Real Madrid and Barcelona will both face UEFA disciplinary hearings following their ill-tempered Champions League semi-final, first leg last night.

UEFA announced that Madrid will answer five charges relating to the throwing of missiles, a pitch invasion, Pepe's red card, the dismissal of coach Jose Mourinho and the "inappropriate statement" given by the Portuguese manager at the post-match press conference.

Barca, who won the game 2-0 thanks to a pair of Lionel Messi strikes, will face just one charge after substitute goalkeeper Jose Pinto was shown a red card during the half-time melee.

The cases will be heard by UEFA's control and disciplinary body on Friday, May 6.

Mourinho's charge comes after he last night implied the Catalan club receive favourable treatment from referees and claimed Barcelona had yet to win a "clean" Champions League title under Pep Guardiola.

At the post-match press conference Mourinho, who was sent off after protesting against Pepe's red card, said: "Today it's clear that against Barcelona you have no chance.

"I don't understand why. I don't know if it's the publicity of UNICEF [the club's shirt sponsor], I don't know if it's the friendship of [Spanish football federation president Angel Maria] Villar at UEFA, where he is vice-president, I don't know if it's because they are very nice, but they have got this power. The rest of us have no chance.

"Guardiola is a fantastic coach, but he has 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."

Mourinho has history with UEFA - he was banned from the touchline for two matches in 2005 for alleging then-Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard had influenced referee Anders Frisk.

Earlier this season he was given a one-match Champions League ban after appearing to instruct Real players Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos to be deliberately sent off, meaning they would be free to start the last-16 knockout round without the threat of suspension.

Mourinho's latest rant stemmed from the decision of German referee Wolfgang Stark to send off Pepe for a foul on Dani Alves which effectively turned the game Barcelona's way.

The first 'scandal' Mourinho referred to was the Champions League semi-final between Barca and Chelsea in 2009, when the Catalan club progressed to the final following a controversial second leg when the London side had four penalty claims turned down.

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