Mesut Özil leaving the Bernabéu, where contract renegotiation talks were reported to have taken place. | May 23, 2013
Ali Farhat | 18:02 PM | 23 May 13
Un jour, Mesut Özil sera une légende de @sofoot. En attendant…
#Online translator - One day, Mesut Özil will be a legend of @sofoot. In the meantime…
#Ali Farhat is a journalist focusing on German football and Bundesliga of French magazine So Foot.
#Hmmm, maybe we can expect an interview to read soon?
Take this with a grain of salt, but the International Champions Cup has 4 other teams written into the website’s source code.
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Remaining 12/13 fixtures -
Sunday, May 26: (La Liga, Match Day 37)
- Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid - 8 PM CEST | 2 PM EST
Saturday, June 1: (La Liga, Match Day 38)
Unfortunately, there are still no pre-season updates.
The Competition Committee ruled that Cristiano Ronaldo will serve a one match suspension for a red card offense and one for yellow card accumulation; José Mourinho will miss two. Both suspensions apply in the Copa del Rey.
According to the RFEF, Ronaldo violated Article 123 (violent play) of the disciplinary code by kicking at an opponent with no intention to play the ball. Mourinho was sanctioned for protesting to an official (Article 120).
Edited to add: AS is reporting that Mourinho’s suspensions could carry over to the FA Cup if he coaches with Chelsea. [That seems a stretch to me, though.]
The Real Madrid tag right now.
This evening Florentino Pérez announced that José Mourinho and the club have come to a mutual agreement to sever ties at season’s end. Consent from both parties means that buyouts from either side are unnecessary.
“On behalf of the board of directors I would like to thank José Mourinho for all his hard work over the last three years. The team have improved in the last three years and we wish him all the best.”
“After three years we both agreed this was the correct moment to finish. With Mourinho, we made a big leap competitively and sporting-wise. Today Madrid is where it ought to be. We had not reached that level prior to his arrival, so the balance of his stay here was positive.”
Pérez refuted claims that a deteriorated relationship with the locker room was the reason for his departure. Instead, he cited an increasing sense of pressure as a factor.
“Each coach has their own personality, their level of demands, of competitiveness. Has he made some mistakes? Of course, he has admitted that himself. But there is a lot of pressure at Real Madrid. We all know that, we are proud of that pressure that we need to win.”
When asked about Carlo Ancelotti, Florentino denied have any sort of pre-contract in place. “We have a number of candidates in mind, not just one. We asked PSG whether his contract would be terminated, they replied, “No.”
In addition to the Mourinho announcement, Pérez confirmed his intention to run as club president again. Elections will be held June 16th.
The RFEF Competition Committee will meet Tuesday to determine the severity of Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card offense. According to the referee’s match report, he was sent off at 115’ for “striking the face of his rival with his foot, with no intention to play the ball.”
Two sanctions can be applied:
- 2-match ban minimum, applied in same competition (Copa del Rey)
- 4-match ban minimum, applied in the next 4 domestic matches *
The more strict penalty would mean Ronaldo would miss the final 2 league matches and then the first 2 next season.
* AS believes that there is a possibility that the Competition Committee may only apply a 2-match ban, given that it is the end of the season.