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Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho Faces 12-Game Suspension for Eye-Poking Brawl

Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova  got poked in the eye during  a Spanish Supercup game-ending brawl.

Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova got poked in the eye during a Spanish Supercup game-ending brawl.  (YouTube)

Real Madrid coach José Mourinho faces a 12-game ban for the eye-poking brawl that ended a Spanish Supercup game against Barcelona.

The Spanish football federation opened disciplinary proceedings against the clubs Tuesday, six days after Barcelona won the trophy in a fight-marred finale.

Mourinho walked toward Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova  and appeared to gouge him in the eye during an on-field melee. Mourinho apologized Tuesday only to fans in a statement posted on Madrid's website.

Under federation rules, the Portuguese coach could be banned between four to 12 games. Vilanova could be sanctioned for four games after retaliating with a push.

Barcelona striker David Villa and Madrid pair Marcelo and Mesut Oezil were given one-game bans.

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Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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