Real Madrid have announced that they will report Barcelona to Uefa over their players’ alleged lack of sportsmanship during the two sides’ Champions League encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.
The semi-final, first-leg clash between Spain’s fiercest rivals was replete with controversy as Pepe was sent off just after the hour-mark for Madrid after a challenge on Dani Alves.
Barca went on to win the game 2-0, courtesy of a Lionel Messi brace, and took a step closer to reaching the final of Europe’s premier club competition for the second time in three seasons.
However, Madrid insist that Alves playacted to get Pepe sent off and on Thursday released a video on their official website claiming to prove that the Brazil international right-back made a meal of the challenge from the Portuguese.
The Spanish giants have now officially declared that they will complain to Uefa over the incident in direct retaliation to Barcelona launching a complaint to Europe’s football governing body over Jose Mourinho’s remarks.
“Upon learning of the unprecedented decision made by F. C. Barcelona to lodge a formal complaint against Real Madrid C. F. coach Jose Mourinho with the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body, Real Madrid C. F. announces that it is obligated to do the same concerning the repeated unsportsmanlike behavior of F. C. Barcelona, whose players consistently feigned aggressions with the sole purpose of misleading the referee of the match, which clearly led to the unfair decision to dismiss our player Pepe,” reads a statement on the club’s official website.
“It is surprising that this chain of unsportsmanlike conduct and unfortunate decisions finally culminates in the filing of a complaint against our head coach Jose Mourinho who, beyond opinions based on his right to freedom of speech, expressed his objection to victory at any price and the violation of the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship established in Art. 7 of the Preamble of the Statutes of UEFA and Art. 5 of its Disciplinary Regulations, by which Real Madrid C. F. expresses its full support of its coach.”
Uefa itself has launched its own investigation into matters following ugly scenes both on the pitch and off it last night.