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Apr 29, 2011

Villarubi: Real 'abducted' by Mourinho

Barcelona vice-president Carles Villarubi has hit out at Real Madrid's decision to report the Catalans to UEFA for unsporting conduct and claimed Los Blancos are under the spell of coach Jose Mourinho.

Real announced their intention to report Barca to UEFA on Thursday, with the nine-time European Cup winners angry with what they perceived to be play-acting from their rivals.

It came shortly after Barcelona themselves announced that they would be reporting Mourinho after the Portuguese coach insulted both the Catalan club and Pep Guardiola after Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final first leg.

After the game, Mourinho launched an astonishing attack on Barca, claiming they receive help from UEFA and questioning the club's agreement with UNICEF.

Although Guardiola failed to respond to Mourinho in his press conference immediately afterwards, Barca decided to take action against the Portuguese following an extraordinary board meeting.

But Madrid immediately hit back by announcing on their website their intention to report Barca for unsporting conduct in Wednesday's match. Villarubi, though, says Madrid have no grounds to report Barca.

"What Madrid did yesterday is adhere to something that has already been judged [by the referees]," he told radio station RAC1.

"UEFA, represented by the four officials [at the game], has already made its judgment on this topic, so Madrid have no grounds to report us on this basis."

And the Barca vice-president believes the decision is simply a media strategy on the part of Madrid.

"Real Madrid's reaction with this complaint is a media strategy aiming to get the media talking," he said. "The club are being totally abducted by the figure of Jose Mourinho.

"What worries me about their press release is that it could be construed that Real Madrid as an institution supports the statements made by Mourinho and that would provoke a serious institutional conflict between the two entities."

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