Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Navarro banned for 7 months, Inter and Valencia fined

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has fined both Inter and Valencia €155,772 for the improper conduct of their teams, and suspended Valencia defender David Navarro for seven months, following the incidents which took place at the end of last week’s UEFA Champions League encounter in Spain.

After examining the official reports of the delegate and referee, as well as video evidence, the UEFA disciplinary body has also imposed bans on several other players from both teams for their part in the incidents after the final whistle. The first knockout round, second leg finished 0-0, with Valencia progressing to the quarter-finals on away goals after a 2-2 first-leg draw.

In addition to Navarro, Inter defenders Nicolas Burdisso and Maicon have been banned for six matches and Valencia defender Carlos Marchena for four. Inter defender Ivan Cordoba and striker Julio Cruz have received three and two-match bans respectively.

UEFA said it would now ask world football’s governing body FIFA to extend the suspension imposed on Navarro to international level so that it also applies to any football competitions - including domestic leagues and national-team fixtures - on top of UEFA club competition matches.

The suspensions imposed on the other players will only apply to UEFA club competitions.

Appeals may be lodged against any of these decisions within three days after receipt of the written grounds for the decisions.

Inter fined €155,772.
Valencia fined €155,772.

David Navarro (Valencia) banned for 7 months - may apply to all competitions.

Nicolas Burdisso (Inter) banned for 6 European matches.
Maicon (Inter) banned for 6 European matches.
Carlos Marchena (Valencia) banned for 4 European matches.
Ivan Cordoba (Inter) banned for 3 European matches.
Julio Cruz (Inter) banned for 2 European matches.

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