Tuesday December 11 2012
Olivera accepts four-match ban

Ruben Olivera must sit out a four-match ban for stamping on Miralem Pjanic, but his agent insists “it won’t affect” his Fiorentina career.

The midfielder was booked for a foul on Pjanic during the 4-2 defeat at Roma on Saturday, but video evidence was used to punish a stamp on his shin that had not been spotted by the officials.

As Olivera was already set to receive a one-match ban for the number of accumulated bookings, the three-game suspension for violent conduct brings it to a total four rounds out.

“I prefer not to comment on the decision,” agent Claudio Anellucci told

“In any case, the challenge cannot damage the integrity of the player or affect his future. He has always given his all without violence, but with a certain physicality, so an incident cannot change people’s judgement on him.

“The lad knows he plays for an important club with a squad of great players. He also knows that at this level a team requires around 18 top players and he is in that list.

“So far there have not been any problems, but if Fiorentina were to call us with a transfer proposal that has arrived, then we’d be ready to discuss Olivera’s future together with them.”

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