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Platini: Jose deserved punishment

UEFA president Michel Platini says he loves Jose Mourinho as a man and a coach but insisted he should be punished for his remarks about Barcelona.

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Mourinho claimed Barcelona had an influence over referees in his post-match press conference after their Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat in which Real defender Pepe was sent off. He also said Barca were yet to win a Champions League cleanly after their controversial progress in the 2009 semi-final against Chelsea.

Mourinho was given a five-match European ban by UEFA for his outburst, a sanction that Real have appealed against, but Platini dismissed suggestions it was personal.

"I'm especially fond of him," Platini told Madrid-based newspaper Marca. "I love Mourinho. I like him as a man and also his character as a coach, but that doesn't mean the disciplinary body of UEFA will not deal with him - that has nothing to do with it.

"He said stupid things and that's why the disciplinary commission decided to sanction him."

He added: "He has taken up his right to appeal and we'll see what happens, but we will still get on well. When I played, there were referees that I had a very good relationship with, but they still gave me yellow cards... and my father would slap me when I behaved badly as a child but it was because he loved me."

Platini said he will have nothing to do with the case.

"The disciplinary commission is a completely independent body and the president of UEFA has nothing to do with all that," he said. "I don't get involved with disciplinary issues or referees."

He added: "UEFA is neutral, firm and respects everyone. The referees don't favour Barcelona more than Real Madrid, nor Juventus more than AC Milan."


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