Friday March 7 2014
Valero 'confident' ahead of appeal

Borja Valero has claimed he is ‘confident’ that his four-match ban can be overturned this afternoon.

The Fiorentina midfielder was sent off during Fiorentina’s match with Parma and was handed the additional punishment for laying hands on the referee while he protested.

This infuriated Viola fans, players and directors alike, with supporters making their feelings clear by holding protests against match officials during their most recent League game with Lazio.

But ahead of a meeting with the FIGC this afternoon, the Spaniard has revealed he is calm.

“I am confident,” he told reporters. “I am here today because I want to explain my reasons.

“I want to thank the city of Florence and all the fans for their solidarity.

“I have received so many messages, and they have all been on my side.

“I am calm. But whatever happens, I hope Fiorentina do well against Juve.”