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Mourinho gets touchline ban after late red cards

Mourinho must sit it out for one Champions League tie with another suspended.
Mourinho must sit it out for one Champions League tie with another suspended.
  • Jose Mourinho receives one-game touchline ban from Champions League with a second suspended
  • Real Madrid coach sanctioned by UEFA for "improper conduct"
  • Four Real players receive fines after two of them received late red cards against Ajax

(CNN) -- Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been given a one-game touchline ban with another suspended after two of his players received late red cards in their Champions League win over Ajax last week.

Midfielder Xabi Alonso and right-back Sergio Ramos were both sent off in the dying moments of Real's win in Amsterdam after getting second yellow cards for inexplicable acts of time-wasting with their team leading 4-0.

"The Spanish club's coach Jose Mourinho has been suspended from coaching activities for two UEFA club competition matches, of which the second is deferred for a probationary period of three years. He was also fined €40,000, UEFA announced on its website Tuesday.

UEFA confirmed that the punishments were for "improper conduct" but gave no further details.

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The dismissal of the pair leaves them banned for Real's final Group G match with Marseille, which is of no consequence with the team already qualified for the last 16.

Press speculation has suggested that the sendings off were deliberate to give themselves a disciplinary clean state for the crucial knockout stages.

Alonso and Ramos were also both fined by UEFA, while goalkeeper Iker Casillas and reserve keeper Jerzy Dudek were punished after being shown on television allegedly passing messages to them from the dugout.

Spanish international teammates Alonso and Ramos were fined €20,000 each, with a €10,000 fine given to Casillas while Dudek was ordered to pay €5,000

"The red cards given to Alonso and Ramos stand, and they have therefore been suspended for one UEFA club competition match," added UEFA.

Nine-time European champions Real were also fined €120,000 over the club and have three days to launch an appeal.

The ban completes a miserable 24 hours for Portuguese boss Mourinho after seeing his side thrashed 5-0 by arch-rivals Barcelona in El Clasico on Monday night.