Banned Fábio Coentrao Won't Be Avalaible To Play Supercup Against Barcelona

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Real madrid and Valencia at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 19, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Portuguese defender Fábio Coentrao has been sanctioned for verbally abusing Getafe's match referee allegedly calling him out a "son of a b****". He's been suspended for Real Madrid's next four games, starting tonight's Clásico against FC Barcelona.

The Spanish Federation considers this different from Tito Vilanova's red card against Osasuna. Barcelona's coach will only miss two games, but he will be able to coach his team at the Santiago Bernabéu since the punishment is only for the Liga BBVA matches in his case. Once again, the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) shows different criteria for two very similar cases. It seems reasonable that Coentrao's punishment should be bigger since his behavior with the referee was far worse than Tito's, but the reason why one needs to miss the Supercup while the other will be able to feature is beyond any possible explanation.

That way, Mourinho will have no choice but to start Marcelo in the leftback in Madrid's next four games.

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