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Jul 10, 2012

Mourinho sees eye-poke ban lifted

The two-match ban handed to Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho for poking Barcelona's Tito Vilanova in the eye has been lifted.

• Mourinho banned and fined for eye poke
• Mourinho blames Barca for eye poke

Mourinho was caught on camera poking the eye of Vilanova, Barcelona's assistant coach at the time, after the final whistle in Barca's 5-4 aggregate win over Real in the Spanish Super Cup last August.

The Portuguese was ultimately handed a two-match suspension while Vilanova, now the Barca manager, was given a one-match ban for his part in the fracas, which was sparked by a challenge from Marcelo on Cesc Fabregas.

However, as part of an amnesty by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the bans have been overturned - meaning the two coaches will be on the touchline when Madrid meet Barcelona in the two-legged Spanish Super Cup next month.

"Match bans up to four games and stadium bans up to two games will not be enforced," the RFEF ruled, a note distributed at its general assembly in Madrid said.

Barca president Sandro Rosell is unlikely to be happy with the decision after he said last month: "We do not accept that an aggression towards our coach is not punished. If this happens, we will speak to the appropriate party - we will not let it go unpunished."

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