Mourinho blasts ‘harsh’ Bailly ban
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday expressed surprise at the three-match ban that UEFA handed defender Eric Bailly on Monday.
Ivorian international Bailly was sent off for violent conduct in the second leg of United’s Europa League semifinal victory over Spain’s Celta Vigo in May for his part in a melee in the final minutes of a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
“It was a red card in a semifinal, so I think the punishment of not to play the final is enough,” said Mourinho. “Three matches is very harsh. It’s a big punishment not to play the final. Normally he would deserve a clean sheet and start the next season with a clean sheet and be ready to play in the Super Cup.”