Butragueno applauds Supercopa bans removal

The Real Madrid official does not want to stir up controversy surrounding the Mourinho and Vilanova's suspensions, as he insisted both clubs should respect the RFEF's decision
Real Madrid director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has called on Barcelona to accept the decision of the Spanish Football Fedeation (RFEF) to lift the Supercopa bans of Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova.

The governing body announced on Tuesday that the suspensions affecting both coaches had been revoked, meaning that they will take charge of their respective teams during the new season's Supercopa.

Several Barca personalities, including president Sandro Rosell, have publicly declared that they do not support such a removal, but Butragueno has moved to put an end to the debate surrounding the issue.

"We have always been very respectful with regards to such decisions," he told reporters.

"In the past, Barcelona were the protagonists in similar cases and we respected decisions of this kind, just like we are doing now."

The first leg of the Supercopa is scheduled for August 21, just three days after Madrid kick off their La Liga campaign against Valencia.

"They are a great side, and August 18 is perhaps a bit too soon for such a match, but we will have to prepare for it."