Real Madrid review security as José Mourinho security guard is stabbed

Real Madrid have increased security measures around José Mourinho after a member of the coach's security team was stabbed with an unidentified weapon.

Real Madrid review security as José Mourinho security guard is stabbed The incident occurred as the Real team were travelling to La Coruña to face Deportivo last weekend, it emerged on Friday.

Mourinho was making his way through Alvedro airport when the incident happened but he was only informed of events on Friday The injury to the security guard does not appear to have been serious. It is unclear whether Mourinho was the intended target. Real Madrid are awaiting the results of police investigation and CCTV footage is being studied.

In the meantime Real, who will travel to Santander on Sunday, have decided to review the security arrangements around their often controversial coach in a climate of growing tension and hostility towards him. It has not been confirmed whether they will overturn the decision – taken by the club president, Florentino Pérez – that playing staff should make their own way through terminals rather than being collected on the runway. Pérez wants to foster a sense of closeness between the club and its fans. Two players are always chosen to sign autographs at the team's hotel.

According to reports on the Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Mourinho was making his way through a crowd of supporters who had gathered to welcome the team to La Coruña. He may have stopped to sign autographs. He was flanked by security staff, one of whom noticed a slight pain in his side. When he arrived at the coach, the security guard noticed that he had sustained a small cut of around four centimetres, believed to have been caused by a sharp object but not a knife.

Real Madrid have not commented officially and have sought to downplay the incident.

Powered by article was written by Sid Lowe, for The Guardian on Friday 4th March 2011 20.02 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

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