- Title: SWITZERLAND: CHELSEA BOSS MOURINHO HANDED TWO MATCH TOUCHLINE BAN BY UEFA.
- Date: 31st March 2005
- Summary: NYON, SWITZERLAND (MARCH 31, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. UEFA FLAGS OUTSIDE BUILDING 2. PRESS WAITING FOR ARRIVAL 3. CHELSEA REPRESENTATIVES ARRIVE 4. CHELSEA CHAIRMAN BRUCE BUCK (WITH GLASSES) ARRIVES, REFUSES TO ANSWER PRESS QUESTIONS 5. INSIDE HEARING ROOM 6. THOMAS PARTL (BURGUNDY TIE) UEFA CHAIRMAN 7. CHELSEA REPRESENTATIVES 8. BUCK TALKING TO PRESS 9. UEFA COMMITTEE 10. BUCK 11. WIDE SHOT OF HEARING ROOM 12. SOUNDBITE (English) PETER LIMACHER OF UEFA READS STATEMENT: "Good afternoon everybody. This is the official UEFA statement of today after the disciplinary hearing. At their meeting today in Nyon, UEFA Control and Disciplinary body dealt with the incidents connected to the UEFA Champions league fixture between Barcelona and Chelsea on February 23, 2005. "Having listened to the evidence presented by the disciplinary inspector and by Chelsea, the Control and Disciplinary body decided to impose a two match suspension and a fine of 20,000 Swiss francs on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Chelsea were fined 75,000 Swiss francs. Les Miles and Steve Clarke were each reprimanded. The above decisions may be appealed against within three days of UEFA informing the club in writing of the reason. "As far as the touchline ban is concerned, Article 70 para 2 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations states: 'A team manager/coach who is suspended from carrying out his function may follow the match for which he is suspended from the stands only. He is not allowed in the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before and during the match nor is he allowed to get in contact with his team.' "As you know according to our regulations the deadline is three days for launching an appeal, but it's three days counted from the moment they receive the written grounds of the decision. They have not received them yet, it's likely they will receive them tomorrow (April 1) during the day." 13. CHELSEA DELEGATION LEAVE ROOM 14. PRESS LOOKING OVER STATEMENT 15. SOUNDBITE (English) BRUCE BUCK, CHAIRMAN CHELSEA PLC SAYING: "Let me just say a few words. First of all in terms of the process, yesterday afternoon UEFA invited us to attend this hearing today and we made the decision last night to come down here and participate in the hearing. We think that the hearing was a full and fair hearing, we were able to make our points and make our statement and we were pleased with the proceedings. With respect to the situation generally, the view of the club is that we'd like to put this incident behind us. We are not likely to appeal but would like to reserve that decision until we see the reasoning of the panel which we expect tomorrow. We are not overly happy with the decision but we certainly respect the decision made by the panel." Q: REPORTER ASKS IF CHELSEA ACCEPT THAT NOBODY SAW FRANK RIJKAARD WITH THE REFEREE IN HIS DRESSING ROOM? A: "I don't want to comment specifically on each charge but I think the panel took the view that there was a misunderstanding in those statements, that those statements however were made in good faith and the club and the persons who made those statements continue to believe that." Q: REPORTER ASKS HOW CHELSEA REFLECT ON THE EVENTS A: "I don't exactly know what you mean by the question but I think that in large part it's been blown out of proportion but it was a serious matter and we're hoping to put it behind us." 16. CHELSEA DELEGATION LEAVE Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: NYON, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
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- Story Text: Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho handed a two match
touchline ban by UEFA.
Chelsea were fined 75,000 Swiss francs ($62,800) and
coach Jose Mourinho handed a two-match touchline ban by
UEFA on Thursday (March 31) over the Anders Frisk affair.
The London club, charged with bringing the game into
disrepute, had alleged Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard
visited the Swedish referee at halftime during the first
leg of their Champions League first knockout round tie at
the Nou Camp on February 23.
UEFA had accused Chelsea of making false declarations
and "deliberately creating a poisoned and negative
ambience" after they refused to attend the post-match news
conference and submitted a report detailing their
"Mourinho... will have to sit out the quarter-final tie
against Bayern Munich, subject to an appeal," a UEFA
Mourinho was also fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($16,750).
Premier league leaders Chelsea, who beat Barca 5-4 on
aggregate, play Bayern in the first leg of their Champions
League quarter-final on April 6 with the return in Germany
six days later.
Mourinho did not attend the hearing of UEFA's control
and disciplinary committee at its headquarters in Nyon.
Chelsea were represented by Plc chairman Bruce Buck, who
said they were unlikely to appeal.
"We think that the hearing was a full and fair hearing,
we were able to make our points and make our statement and
we were pleased with the proceedings. We would like to put
this incident behind us," Buck told reporters.
"We are not overly happy with the decision but we
certainly respect the decision made by the panel," said
Buck. "We are not likely to appeal but would like to
reserve that decision until we see the reasoning of the
panel which we expect tomorrow."
UEFA said Chelsea and Mourinho have three days to
appeal but would not discuss the reasons behind its
Mourinho's assistant Steve Clarke and Chelsea security
official Les Miles were reprimanded after also being
charged with bringing the game into disrepute.
Frisk received death threats from Chelsea fans
following the Nou Camp leg and announced his immediate
retirement from refereeing, leading to condemnation of
Chelsea by UEFA.
UEFA's head of refereeing Volker Roth was quoted as
describing Mourinho as an enemy of football and the
Portuguese threatened to sue although UEFA later said
Roth's words had been mistranslated.
Chelsea, who were leading 1-0 at halftime, lost the
first leg 2-1 after striker Didier Drogba was sent off but
went through to the quarter-finals with a thrilling 4-2 win
in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
When charged, Chelsea responded by issuing a statement
attacking "individuals within UEFA" for their public
pronouncements on the case and said that if the result of
Thursday's hearing went against them "in a big way" they
would take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Earlier this week Mourinho indicated he did not
personally witness Rijkaard enter the referee's dressing
room but took the word of his staff.
Rijkaard has said he feels Mourinho rather than the
club should be punished.
"What he said was a pack of lies, very serious lies,
and it is not the first time," said the former Dutch
Last week Chelsea and Mourinho were charged by the
Premier League over an illegal approach to Arsenal's
England defender Ashley Cole. Earlier this month Mourinho
was fined by the English FA over comments made after a
League Cup match against Manchester United.
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