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Valero ban reduced to three games

7 March 2014 20:09

Fiorentina's Borja Valero has had a four-match ban reduced by one game after a successful appeal to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The 29-year-old was shown a straight red card in the 2-2 draw with Parma on February 24, after an altercation with Gianni Munari, who was handed a one-match suspension.

Valero's punishment was more severe as he put his hands on referee Andrea Gervasoni in protestation, with the original judgement ruling that Valero "placed one hand on the referee's shoulder, pushing him",

The Spaniard vehemently denied that version of events, and said the referees report had shown a "lack of respect" by questioning his integrity.

Fiorentina subsequently appealed the decision and, though it was not completely overturned, his ban has been reduced.

"Borja Valero's four-match suspension in Serie A has been reduced to three games by the FIGC following Fiorentina's appeal," Fiorentina wrote on their official Twitter account.

Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle was dismayed that the ban was not completely revoked, calling the decision a "defeat for football".

"It's a defeat for football," he told the club's official website. "This was an opportunity to take a step towards establishing a constructive dialogue and yet it was passed up, despite the fact that the images are very clear.

"I'm sorry for Borja more than anything. He didn't deserve a sentence like this."

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