Real Madrid & Barcelona protests dismissed by Uefa

Uefa has rejected the complaints lodged by Real Madrid and Barcelona following their ill-tempered Champions League semi-final first leg at the Bernabeu.

Real claimed that their opponents were guilty of "unsportsmanlike behaviour", and Pepe should not have been sent off.

But Uefa ruled there was "no common strategy to provoke" by Barca, and upheld the decision to dismiss Pepe.

Barcelona's complaint about Real boss Jose Mourinho was rejected because he is already under investigation.

Both clubs, however, will face the charges brought against them by European football's governing body.

A Uefa statement read: "FC Barcelona have been referred to the proceedings already brought against Mr Mourinho, which will be heard by the control and disciplinary body on Friday 6 May.

"No new disciplinary proceedings are therefore to be opened against Jose Mourinho on the basis of the complaint lodged by Barcelona."

The row between the two Spanish clubs flared following a fiery encounter which was won 2-0 by visitors Barcelona. The second leg takes places at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

Both clubs hwere charged charged by the governing body over incidents that occurred during the match.

After the game, which Barca won 2-0, Real coach Jose Mourinho suggested the Catalan club is favourably treated by referees.

Real responded by claiming Barca tried to mislead the referee by play acting, leading to both clubs complaining to Uefa.

The decision to reject their complaints were taken by the vice-chairman of Uefa's disciplinary panel and can be appealed against within three days if the clubs wish to do so.

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