Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said Wednesday he was pleased the red card awarded Villarreal midfielder Cani for throwing a water bottle at him during a weekend league match has been rescinded.
"I am glad Cani's red card was rescinded because he is an important player for Villarreal," he told a news conference.
"Nevertheless, if one of my men throws a bottle at someone he gets a three month suspension. If I do it I will never train again. He threw a plastic bottle at me. I don't consider it an aggression. It was just a gesture from yet another person who thinks everything I do has negative connotations."
Cani, 29, tossed a plastic water bottle at Mourinho during Real's 4-2 victory over Villarreal on Sunday, although it did not hit the Portuguese coach.He was reacting to Mourinho's wild celebrations after Kaka sealed the victory for Real in the 82nd minute.
The 47-year-old coach left his technical area and punched his arm in the air while facing the stands in front of the visitors' bench.
After the match Mourinho, who has often been accused of provoking opponents on and off the pitch, said he was celebrating Kaka's goal with his son who was behind the visitors' bench and had no intention of provoking Villarreal players.