Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho riled the Villarreal bench with an inflammatory goal celebration in front of their dugout during Real's 4-2 victory on Sunday. Substitute Kaka had sealed the win when Mourinho left his technical area to pass in front of the visitors' bench and punch his arm in the air while facing the stands.
Villarreal substitute Cani reacted by lobbing a water bottle at him and, although it did not hit the Portuguese, was shown a red card by referee David Fernandez Borbalan.
“I went to celebrate the goal with my son who was behind the visitors' bench, and the Villarreal players thought I was provoking them,” Mourinho later said.
“I hope that when one swears on their son they believe you. I think this (situation) comes from a state of affairs where everything I do is always classed as negative.”
Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido, who was highly critical of the referee saying he was scared to blow against the home side, did not take the matter any further.
“I think Mourinho went to celebrate with the fans and my players took a different interpretation, and the referee sent off Cani,” Garrido said.
Mourinho has often been accused of provoking opponents on and off the pitch, and famously had a run in with Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes after his former club Inter Milan knocked Barca out of the Champions League semi-finals last season.