Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Update on Valencia-Inter Brawl

Here's the latest word from UEFA on the incident at the Mestalla between Valencia and Inter Milan after their Champions League contest last week:

The UEFA Control & Disciplinary Body has banned Valencia's David Navarro for seven months for starting the brawl at the end of the Champions League match with Inter Milan earlier this month.
Both clubs have been fined 250,000 Swiss francs ($205,400) by UEFA's control and disciplinary committee. Navarro broke the nose of Inter's Nicolas Burdisso, who was banned for six games along with team-mate Maicon.

Valencia's Carlos Marchena was banned for four games, while Inter's Ivan Cordoba and Julio Cruz received three and two-match bans. The bans are only effective for European competitions, although UEFA's in the process of asking FIFA to extend the ban on Navarro to international level so that it applies to any football competition - including domestic leagues and national team fixtures - on top of UEFA club competition matches. Ouch!!

I'm happy with the results of UEFA's investigation. They didn't impose a stadium ban on Valencia and didn't kill either team in terms of future competitiveness.
Such a silly incident for two good clubs to be involved in. I still don't see what Navarro was thinking. Well, he'll have seven months to think about what went wrong.

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