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Tuesday September 20 2011
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Sinisa Mihajlovic has asked Fiorentina fans to jeer Riccardo Montolivo only after the game, “so as not to disrupt the rest of the team.”

The former captain has broken off contract extensions and made it clear he wants to leave, either in January or as a free agent in the summer.

However, the club told Mihajlovic it is up to him whether to use the Italian international.

“Riccardo should play against Parma tomorrow,” said the Coach. “I explained to him what could happen. I saw him relaxed and motivated.

“Our fans are intelligent and know that if they jeer a player, they're not helping the team. I hope the supporters do not jeer during the game or at least wait to the end so as not to disrupt the rest of the team.

“If it does happen, then Riccardo must get used to it or maybe play with earplugs. The situation is getting to him, as he risked a red card against Udinese. There has been too much talk about this situation.”

With Alberto Gilardino out for six weeks with a knee injury, Montolivo is the star player, as Santiago Silva is given his first Serie A start.

“My squad is aware that we must find consistency in terms of results, otherwise we're going nowhere. Parma always play to win and it is going to be difficult, but we want to repeat the performance that saw us beat Bologna here.

“We signed Santiago as an understudy to Gilardino, but he still needs to get used to Italian football and hasn't yet assimilated certain movements. Gilardino is more of a fox in the box, whereas Silva plays more of a part in the build-up.

“My players are angry and disappointed at the defeat to Udinese, but that was only our second game of the season, so we mustn't make a tragedy out of it. We've got to learn from our mistakes and change attitude.”

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