Chelsea have been fined £33,300 fine and manager Jose Mourinho has been handed an £8,900 fine and two-match touchline ban at a Uefa disciplinary hearing in Nyon, Switzerland.
The charges relate to Chelsea’s Champions League tie against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on 23 February.
Mourinho claimed he saw Frank Rijkaard speaking to referee Anders Frisk and acccused the Swedish official of being influenced by his chat with the Barcelona coach.
A UEFA statement said: “Having listened to evidence presented by the disciplinary inspector and by Chelsea FC, the Control and Disciplinary Body decided to impose a two-match suspension and a fine of CHF 20,000 on Chelsea FC manager José Mourinho. Chelsea FC were fined CHF 75,000. Les Miles and Steve Clarke were each reprimanded. The above decisions may be appealed against within three days of UEFA informing the club in writing of the reasoning.
“As far as the touchline ban is concerned, Article 70 para 2 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations states: ‘A team manager/coach who is suspended from carrying out his function may follow the match for which he is suspended from the stands only. He is not allowed in the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before and during the match nor is he allowed to get in contact with his team.'”
Chelsea PLC chairman Bruce Buck said: “We are not overly happy with the decision but we respect it,” said Buck.
“I think the panel the took view that there was a misunderstanding in the statements we made – but that they were made in good faith and the club and the persons who made those statements continue to believe that.
“In large part the situation has been blown out of proportion but this was a serious matter and we’re hoping to put it behind us.
“The whole club respects Anders Frisk’s integrity and we are very sorry about the situation that developed.
“If our security people are able to develop any information about those people who have been harassing him, we will turn it over to the authorities.”
Mourinho will now have to sit in the stand for both Champions League quarter-final legs against Bayern Munich on 6 and 12 April.