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Nedved threatens to quit over five match ban

6 December 2006 15:36

ROME, Dec 6 (AFP) - Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved has threatened to quit football in protest at a five match ban he picked up in a Serie B match for Juventus this week.

The former European Footballer of the Year was hit with the punishment after an injury-time tantrum in Juve's 1-1 draw at Genoa on Tuesday.

The Professional Football League's disciplinary commission blamed the excessive nature of the suspension on Nedved's behaviour.

It claimed he'd purposely kicked out at the ankle of a Genoa player and after being sent off for that offence approached the referee in a provocative manner, saying something disrespectful and giving the official a kick.

Juventus have launched an appeal aagainst a punishment they labelled "excessive" and on Wednesday Nedved, via his agent, also made plain his displeasure.

"They gave Zidane a three match ban for a headbutt (in the World Cup final), but what did I do to warrant a five match ban?

"If that's the policy (of the disciplinary commission) I'm going to stop playing football," his agent told the Gazetta dello Sport.

Juventus, unbeaten in Serie B with 10 wins and four draws are lying second, one point behind leaders Napoli.

Nedved's ban comes at a bad time for the club demoted to the second division after their role in the match-fixing scandal with a number of key players including captain Alessandro Del Piero and French striker David Trezeguet sidelined with injury.

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# Team MP D P
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5 38 +23 60

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