Saturday January 25 2014
Verona fury at fan 'injustice'

Verona host Roma in the early Sunday game, but Andrea Mandorlini was focused on the “injustice” of a crowd ban.

It kicks off at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Disciplinary Commission ruled Hellas Verona fans were guilty of aiming racist abuse at Napoli player Pablo Armero and have been given a suspended sentence of a game with the Curva behind closed doors.

However, Verona are fiercely contesting the decision and claim it is an “aberrant” decision based on a misunderstanding.

In fact, Coach Mandorlini was so furious that in today’s Press conference he refused to answer “any question about sport. There’s no point talking about sport after we were penalised by this decision against our family and our fans.

“A huge mistake has been committed, a grave injustice. I don’t want to talk about anything else, because this is too important.

“We are very sad and also angry. Our people have to support us against Roma, as we need them. This is a terrible injustice and everyone at the club is agreed on this position.

“The Bentegodi will be as it always is, with fans close to the team and behaving correctly. Everything said about them was lies. The only truth is that our fans will be close to us in an important game tomorrow.”

Luca Toni has recovered from a flu virus, but that has spread to Evangelos Moras and Michelangelo Albertazzi. Alessandro Agostini has a muscular problem.

Verona squad for Roma: Rafael, Nicolas, Borra; Cacciatore, Maietta, Marques, Gonzalez; Donati, Hallfredsson, Martinho, Donadel, Romulo, Cirigliano, Donsah, Sala; Cacia, Toni, Gomez Taleb, Iturbe, Jankovic, Longo

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