Manchester United are currently mulling over the possibility of appealing against the two-game European ban Phil Jones was handed.
If Jones is to appeal, he has until Thursday’s deadline to do so.
The defender was given a €5,000 fine alongside a two-game European ban, for reportedly using abusive language towards a doping controls officer, following the conclusion of United’s Europa League final success against Ajax.
The ban sees the defender miss the European Super Cup tie with Real Madrid on August 8, and also the club’s Champions League group stage opener.
Jones wasn’t the only United player to receive a penalty following the Ajax game. Daley Blind was also fined for not complying with Uefa guidelines, but escaped a ban.
Following Wednesday night’s pre-season victory over Sampdoria, Jose Mourinho backed his defender, saying the decision lacked empathy, and will leave the decision on whether to appeal or not with the player.
“I would, if I was him I would, because I think it’s quite unfair. But when you do that you have the risk of even more punishment. I don’t know, it’s a decision I leave with him.
“Put yourself in his position,” Mourinho added. “He wins a European cup, he wants to celebrate with his team, he wants to get the cup, he wants to get the medal, he wants to be in the pictures, and one doctor wants to close him in a small room because of the doping control.
“I think it’s very hard to control a player in this situation and Uefa should take that into consideration. It’s not a normal match, it’s a final, it’s a cup, it’s a medal, it’s a celebration, it’s everything, and I think it would be easier for the doping control committee to get someone to go to the pitch with him to see there that is not any wrongdoing in his behaviour, just a human desire to celebrate.
“So I think they should take that into consideration, so I feel really sorry, I think it’s very unfair, it’s a problem for us in terms of football but even more than that I don’t think it’s fair and any one of us in the same situation would react negatively.
“I don’t think it’s fair.”