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Uefa reduces Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's ban

Sergio Ramos is sent off by Scottish referee Craig Thomson
Madrid's Ramos (middle) and Xabi Alonso were both sent off for time wasting

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will now only miss one Champions League match after having his ban for improper conduct reduced by Uefa.

Mourinho and Real players Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were found guilty of improper conduct relating to the pair's recent dismissals against Ajax.

The manager had been banned for two matches with the second suspended, but this has been reduced on appeal.

Alonso and Ramos were fined by European football's governing body Uefa.

Real had expressed "surprise" that Uefa investigated claims Alonso and Ramos deliberately incurred the red cards in the 23 November game.

Mourinho - who had denied the allegations - was fined £33,500 for appearing to instruct Alonso and Ramos to attempt to receive strategic second yellow cards in the 4-0 win at Ajax.

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They were both sent from the field for time-wasting, meaning they would be banned from Group G winners Real's next match against Auxerre - which is effectively meaningless - but then be free to start the Champions League last-16 knockout round without suspension.

Alonso and Ramos were fined £16,700 for their part in the incident, while goalkeeper Iker Casillas and his reserve Jerzy Dudek were also hit financially after being captured on television apparently passing messages to them from the dugout.

When Mourinho coached Chelsea, Uefa banned him from the touchline for two matches in 2005 after he accused Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of visiting Swedish referee Anders Frisk at half-time.

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