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Childish squabbling

The tit-for-tat between Barcelona and Real Madrid continues apace: both clubs are set to complain to Uefa about each other’s conduct during Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Bernabeu.

Madrid have complained that Barca tried to con the referee and pressure him into booking players with ‘repeated unsportmanlike behaviour’, while Barca have reacted very badly to José Mourinho’s suggestions that the Catalan giants were favourably treated by referees and Uefa, because ‘they are very nice’.

‘We want to stand firm when the war of words passes certain limits,’ said Barca spokesman Toni Freixa. ‘We believe Mr Mourinho crossed this line. We are going to present a case to Uefa's control and disciplinary committee against Mr Mourinho for breaking Uefa's disciplinary code.

‘It's unacceptable that anyone can question our titles or our link with Unicef. It isn't our intention to fan the flames but to put them out, because we believe coaches should only talk about footballing matters and not things which could incite violence.’

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