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Friday, November 26, 2010
Valdano unhappy with UEFA charges

ESPNsoccernet staff

Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano has accused UEFA of singling the club out for punishment after the governing body announced Jose Mourinho and four players have been charged with improper conduct.

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UEFA announced the charges following allegations that Real players Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos both deliberately accrued second yellow cards in Tuesday's Champions League game against Ajax, ruling them out of a meaningless game against Auxerre and wiping their slate clean for the knockout stages.

Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek will also have to answer charges after it was alleged they played a role in transmitting a message from coach Mourinho to the two players. Ramos and Alonso both picked up second yellow cards for time-wasting in the final minutes of a 4-0 win at the Amsterdam ArenA.

However, Valdano believes comparable cases have not been treated in a similar manner by UEFA in the past.

"I can't go into details but there have been many players who have done something similar and were not punished," Valdano told Cadena Ser.

"[Lyon midfielder] Juninho was penalised financially. [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and [Walter] Samuel, when they were at Inter, did something similar. There is no way to rely on the regulations.

"What happens at Real Madrid also happens at other clubs but they [UEFA] are not as severe."

Mourinho cannot count on support from his former rival in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger, as the Arsenal manager has called for UEFA to punish Real for presenting a negative image of the game. However, the Frenchman did say he had considered exploiting the rules in the past.

"Yes, I think there should be sanctions," Wenger said. "I do not want to see that, it's a pity to see that from a big club and, overall, when you see that it gives a bad image of our game - what we don't want. I respect Real Madrid for their quality and for what they are doing but, whether it's them or somebody else, you don't want to see that on the football pitch.

"You can call what they did what you want, but it's not what you want to see on the football pitch. You want to respect people who pay money to watch a game. What do they want? To watch a football game, not to watch these kind of things. You don't want to accept that.

"You never say that it doesn't cross your mind to do that. You have to be completely honest about it, but when you see how it looks on television, I must say it is the best demonstration to think 'never do that again' because it looks, frankly, horrible."

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