Mourinho apologizes to Madrid as lengthy ban looms

Jose Mourinho apologized to Real Madrid fans for losing his cool

during the brawl toward the end of last week’s Spanish Supercup,

which could cost the Portuguese coach a 12-game ban.

Mourinho issued a statement on Madrid’s website Tuesday, but

made a point to direct his words only toward Madrid fans.

”(I) wish to apologize to Madridistas, and only to them, for my

attitude in our last game,” Mourinho said. ”Some people are

better adapted to the hypocrisy in football than I am, and they

hide their faces and speak in whispers deep inside tunnels.

”I’m not learning to be a hypocrite, and I don’t want to.”

The Spanish football federation opened disciplinary proceedings

against Barcelona and Madrid on Tuesday, six days after Barcelona

won the trophy in a match marred by an ugly finale punctuated by

Mourinho’s actions.

Mourinho walked toward Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova

and appeared to poke him in the eye during the onfield melee

between both benches.

Under rules 98 and 100 of the federation disciplinary code, the

Portuguese coach could be banned between four to 12 games while

Vilanova – whose actions are being investigated under articles 111

and 122 – could be sanctioned for four games after retaliating with

a push.

Mourinho also sought to dismiss reports in Spain that he may

seek to leave the club, after his spokesman Eladio Parames

reportedly told Canal Plus TV that ”he doesn’t feel embraced by

the club directors.”

Parames subsequently denied the remark and said Mourinho was

”happy” at Madrid and looking to see out his deal, which runs to

2014.

Mourinho said his exit was ”impossible.”

”Only those who don’t know me can dream, make up or believe I

may leave Real Madrid at this stage,” Mourinho said in the

statement. ”There is no way I’m leaving. No way!”

Mourinho’s actions at the Camp Nou seem to have been a result of

the obvious tension between the bitter rivals, who have played six

times since April.

The altercation came when both benches cleared onto the field

following Madrid defender Marcelo’s ugly challenge on Cesc Fabregas

just before injury time.

Marcelo and teammate Mesut Oezil and Barcelona striker David

Villa were all subsequently shown red cards and were all given

one-game bans by the federation on Tuesday.

The clubs have 10 days to present their cases.

Barcelona won the match at the Camp Nou 3-2 and two-legged

series 5-4 for its 10th Supercup.