Tuesday April 29 2014
‘Do UEFA want Juve in final?’

Benfica’s director of communications Joao Gabriel has hinted that UEFA want Juventus to progress to the Europa League final.

His comments come after European football’s governing body made the decision to open disciplinary proceedings against Enzo Perez for his alleged elbow on Juve’s Giorgio Chellini during last week’s semi-final first leg between the sides.

The Old Lady made a complaint to UEFA about the incident, but Benfica are outraged that the decision to take action was only made yesterday, meaning that they now have only 21 hours to respond to the accusations.

“Benfica would like to know whether UEFA are more interested in sporting integrity or seeing to it that Juventus reach the final in Turin,” Gabriel said to Portuguese outlet A Bola.

“We now have only 21 hours after finding out about this to respond to the accusations.”

The second leg of the tie takes place on Thursday, with the newly crowned Portuguese champions leading 2-1 from the first leg.

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