Press conference cancelled in bid to restore calm

Press conference cancelled in bid to restore calm


Real Madrid have cancelled their Friday press conference in a bid to restore calm after another headline-making week at the club.

Neither Jose Mourinho nor Aitor Karanka will face the press ahead of the side’s La Liga clash with Espanyol on Saturday.

Following an explosive press conference during the week, in which Mourinho gave his views on the goalkeeping situation and responded to Pepe’s backing of Iker Casillas, officials at the club believe it is important to restore calm ahead of next week’s Copa Del Rey final.

Cancelling press briefings is permitted under La Liga rules, although it is a rare move to make.

Even though Mourinho has had a tense relationship with the Spanish press during his tenure, the club has only cancelled press conferences on two occasions in the last three years – when the Portuguese was engaged in a war of words with then-Sporting Gijon boss Manuel Preciado.

He had accused his opposition number of fielding a weakened side against title rivals Barcelona, who went on to win the championship.