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Football: Real president denies press report about rift between Mourinho and stars

Published on Jan 24, 2013 8:45 PM
 
Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho looks on before the Spanish league football match Valencia CF v Real Madrid on Jan 20, 2013, at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez angrily denied a report in Marca sports daily on Thursday that said there was a rift between coach Jose Mourinho and club captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Real Madrid president Florentino Perez angrily denied a report in Marca sports daily on Thursday that said there was a rift between coach Jose Mourinho and club captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.

In an unusual move for the construction magnate, Perez called a press conference at the Bernabeu stadium to address the report, which he said was "simply a lie" and was "designed to destabilise the club".

Marca had said, without naming the source of its information, that Casillas and Ramos had threatened to quit the Spanish football giants - along with several team-mates - unless Mourinho was dismissed.

The alleged ultimatum was given at a meal with Perez and director general Jose Angel Sanchez this week, according to the paper.

 
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