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SBD Global/May 23, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: Mourinho Gets Two-Match Suspension, Ronaldo Suspended One Game

The Competition Committee decided to sanction Real Madrid coach José Mourinho with a two-game suspension, while suspending Cristiano Ronaldo for one game for their actions in last week's Copa del Rey final against Atlético Madrid. Ronaldo was punished for a collision with Atlético's Gabi. Mourinho was suspended for leaving the bench to challenge an official's call. Ronaldo and Mourinho will be able to participate in the last two games of their La Liga season, as they can serve the suspensions in Copa del Rey competitions (EL MUNDO, 5/22). ... UEFA Wednesday confirmed that La Liga Malaga "will not face the possibility of a second season banned from European competition" (FOOTBALL ESPAÑA, 5/22). ... The Indonesian FA (PSSI) President Djohar Arifin Husin said that the organization "is begging fans to behave during international matches after it was slapped with thousands in fines for crowds' rowdy conduct" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 5/22). ... Claims of match-fixing in a Malaysian league will be investigated by the country's FA and sports minister on Thursday, "with the police urged to protect players from bookmakers." The second tier Malaysian Premier League match between Kuala Lumpur and Slime Darby "was under suspicion" (REUTERS, 5/22). ... La Liga Espanyol obtained its UEFA license Tuesday, meaning that for one more year, the club has permission to play in Europe as long as it qualifies. This is contingent on the club meeting "all its financial, economic and facilities requirements" (EP, 5/21).
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