Nyon, March 21:
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on charges of bringing the game into disrepute after a Champions League match against Barcelona. European soccerâ€™s governing body also opened proceedings against the club itself, assistant manager Steve Clarke and security official Les Miles on the same charges. UEFA accused the parties of making â€œfalse declarationsâ€ in a report sent by Chelsea following the Champions League first-leg match at Camp Nou on February 23. Barcelona won that game 2-1. Following the match, Mourinho alleged that he saw Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard talking to referee Anders Frisk at halftime. He claimed the meeting influenced the game. â€œBy further disseminating these wrong and unfounded statements, Chelsea FC allowed its technical staff to deliberately create a poisoned and negative ambiance amongst the teams and to put pressure on the refereeing officials,â€ UEFA said. UEFAâ€™s control and disciplinary body is scheduled to examine the case on March 31. Chelsea, Mourinho and others could face heavy fines and warnings about future conduct. Mourinhoâ€™s comments about Frisk were blamed for inciting a spate of death threats against the Swedish referee and his family. Frisk cited the threats in quitting as a referee 10 days ago.