Real Madrid coach Mourinho explains sending off

20:21, November 11, 2010      

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho this Monday explained why he was sent off during his side's Copa del Rey match at home to Murcia.

Referee Paradas Romero sent Mourinho from the dugout into the stands after 38 minutes of the game that Madrid won 5-1 to assure a place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey for the first time in three seasons.

It was one of several controversial actions from the referee, who allowed Madrid's decisive second goal to stand despite a clear offside from Sergio Ramos, gave Madrid a dubious penalty for their fourth goal and then sent Alvaro Arbeloa off for two yellow cards.

As well as sending off the Real Madrid coach, Paradas showed a total 12 yellow and one red card.

The referee's match report said that Mourinho had insulted him, but the Madrid coach preferred not to enter into details of what he had said.

"It is down to the referee to write that in his match report. I don't want to speak about him or the sending off," said Mourinho, who then went on to do exactly that.

"It is enough to look at his statistics to see how many cards he shows. I am not saying if it is good or bad, but this referee has shown over 250 yellow cards and 14 or 15 red cards in the Primera Liga. He has an average of 6 bookings a game and in his last game in Zaragoza he produced a record number of cards," he said in the pages of sports paper Diario AS.

"I'm a dreadful referee, but I think he could have controlled this game without any cards," said Mourinho, who was much happier with his side's performance against a third tier side.

"The fans can go home happy and now we'll see who we get in the next round. I was not surprised by my team. We played a serious game and we were intense and mentally prepared. It was a good game for the fans," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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