Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova will be on the touchline when Real Madrid meet Barcelona in the Supercopa after both had suspensions overturned on Tuesday.
Both men had previously been sanctioned for an incident in the corresponding fixture last season when Madrid boss Mourinho poked a finger in the eye of Vilanova, who is now the new Barca head coach after he moved up to the role having previously been Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
Mourinho was handed a two-game ban and Vilanova one for his retaliatory slap.
The suspensions were applicable only in Supercopa games, but have now been lifted as part of an amnesty by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
“Match bans up to four games and stadium bans up to two games will not be enforced,” the RFEF ruled, according to a note distributed at the organisation’s general assembly in Madrid on Tuesday.
So, both Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova will be able to attend the Supercopa fixture on 23 August 2012. Supercopa is played between the La Liga winner and Copa Del Rey winner. Real Madrid being the La Liga winners and Barcelona being the Copa Del Rey winners, will play out a repeat of last season. Both the managers would be able to attend the game as the ban has been lifted.
Mourinho was given a two match ban for poking into Vilanova’s eye, who at that time was the Pep Guardiola’s assistant. Tito Vilanova was also handed a one match ban for his reaction. The bans were only effective in Supercopa fixtures.