Real ask UEFA to re-examine Barca 'play-acting'

Real Madrid on Thursday asked UEFA to reconsider their decision not to investigate the behaviour of Barcelona's players during the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

UEFA's disciplinary panel on Monday rejected Real's claim that Barcelona's players were guilty of provocation during their 2-0 win at Real's Santiago Bernabeu on April 27, in which the hosts' midfielder Pepe was sent off.

Real also appealed against Pepe's dismissal, for a foul on Dani Alves, but UEFA upheld the referee's decision to show him a straight red card.

The second leg on Tuesday ended in a 1-1 draw at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium, allowing the Catalan side to advance to a meeting with Manchester United in the final in London on May 28.

UEFA's appeals panel is next scheduled to sit on May 16.

European football's governing body will on Friday announce whether or not Real coach Jose Mourinho will be punished for his "inappropriate remarks" after the first leg.

In his post-game press conference, Mourinho was deeply critical of the officiating in the game and even appeared to suggest that Barcelona benefited from favourable refereeing decisions.

"Why does the same thing happen in every (Champions League) semi-final?" asked Mourinho, who saw midfielder Thiago Motta sent off when his Inter Milan side beat Barcelona in last season's semifinals.”

"We're talking about a fantastic team (Barcelona). I don't know if it's because of Unicef (Barcelona's shirt sponsor), I don't know if it's because of (Spanish football federation president) Mr Villar at UEFA.”

"I don't understand."

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