Friday April 6 2012
Inter youth star in nine-month ban

Inter are planning an appeal after youth team player Simone Pecorini was given a nine-month ban for insulting the referee during the NextGen Series victory.

The Nerazzurri won the tournament, which is the Under-19 version of the Champions League, last Sunday under Coach Andrea Stramaccioni.

During the 1-1 draw and consequent win on penalties against Ajax, 19-year-old defender Pecorini was accused of grabbing the referee and hurling abuse, earning him a nine-month ban.

“There was no violence, but simply a verbal protest,” insisted agent Giorgio Parretti.

“We found a video clip and have sent it to Inter for the appeal. The lad made a mistake, but such a huge ban is certainly out of proportion.”

Stramaccioni has since been promoted as Coach of the senior Inter squad and commented on the incident.

“Unfortunately I did not see anything, as I wasn’t present. What I can say is that I was taken aback by this story because Pecorini is a fantastic lad who rarely complains. It seems strange that he would be so naive as to do something that serious.”

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