Fiorentina owner hits out at Valero ban
Fiorentina owner Andrea Della Valle has hit out at Serie A disciplinary rules after Borja Valero's four-game ban was reduced to three on appeal.
Valero was handed a four-game suspension after being sent off against Parma two weeks ago, when he put his hands on the referee while protesting a red card.
The Spanish midfielder's ban was reduced to three games on appeal, but Della Valle believes it is still too harsh.
"It's a defeat for football," Della Valle told the club's website www.en.violachannel.tv.
"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."
Valero served one of his suspended games last week and will now miss a further two - away to Juventus on Sunday and at home to Chievo next week.
Della Valle added: "I'm sorry for Borja more than anything. He didn't deserve a sentence like this."