UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea FC, their manager José Mourinho, assistant manager Steve Clarke and club security official Les Miles on charges of bringing the game into disrepute.
Investigation carried out
European football's governing body announced the measures today in the wake of an investigation into incidents at the UEFA Champions League first knockout round first leg between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at the Camp Nou in Spain on 23 February. Barcelona won the match 2-1.
In a statement issued to uefa.com, UEFA said: "UEFA today announced the opening of disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea FC, head coach José Mourinho, assistant manager Steve Clarke and security official Les Miles, for making false declarations, notably in the complaint sent by Chelsea FC following the UEFA Champions League match played against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou on 23 February 2005.
'Wrong and unfounded'
"By further disseminating these wrong and unfounded statements, Chelsea FC allowed its technical staff to deliberately create a poisoned and negative ambience amongst the teams and to put pressure on the refereeing officials," the statement continued.
UEFA said the disciplinary case would be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on 31 March. Article 5, paragraph 1 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations - Principles of Conduct - state: "Member associations, clubs, as well as their players, officials and members, shall conduct themselves according to the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship." In addition, Article 5, paragraph 2 d) stipulates that a breach of these principles is incurred by anyone "whose conduct brings the sport of football, and UEFA in particular, into disrepute".
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