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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug, 26, 2011

Platini asks Mourinho to set example

Michel Platini has called on Jose Mourinho to set an example after the Real Madrid manager's apparent gouging the eye of a Barcelona coach.

Mourinho's action against Tito Vilanova came at the end of a fiery encounter with Barca during last week's Supercopa match between the two.

"Everyone makes mistakes and he will be punished by the disciplinary committee of the national association,'' Platini said. "It would have been better not to do that - he is an educator, a coach, perhaps the best coach in the world. The great people in the world have to be examples, they have to be clean. It's a human reflection and I'm not afraid to say that.''

Platini said UEFA would hold talks with the top coaches next week to clear up confusion over the level of contact that managers are permitted if they have been banned from the touchline.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been banned for two more games after appearing to issue instructions in the first leg against Udinese, though he is appealing.

Platini added: "There is a lot of confusion. We have a meeting next week with the elite coaches and we will discuss it.

"It's why we have to speak with the coaches. I am not in love with this regulation. Twenty years ago it was clear, now you can communicate with everyone, you can send an SMS.

"We have to find something. We have to speak with the coaches. I added that to the agenda. It is easy to communicate with everybody now. We will see.''

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