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UEFA reconsiders sanctions on Inter - Valencia

March 28 2007

UEFA appeals committee has reduced most of the sanctions to the players that were involved in the scandalous brawl in the Champions Leageu match between Inter and Valencia. David Navarro, the Valencia player who had by far the heaviest sanction, had his ban reduced from seven months to six, ending on September. This ban on Navarro is applied to all official football matches. His teammate Carlos Marchena had his reduced from four to two matches.

On the other hand, Inter defender Nicolás Burdisso had his sanction extended from six to eight matches. His fellow countryman Julio Cruz had his two match ban upheld, but Maicon and Iván Córdoba had their sanctions reduced from six to three matches and three to two matches respectively.

All sanctions come together with a possible extension should any of these players be involved again in any similar situation.

After the Champions League 1/8 finals second leg match on 6 March in which Valencia eliminated Inter on away goals difference, there were some heated up discussions between players from both sides that led to some pushing and it was then when Navarro, who didn't feature in the match, ran to the middle of the field and punched Burdisso in the face causing the fracture of his nose bones. After that, several Inter players ran after Navarro while others went after Marchena, who attempted a kick at Burdisso. The brawl continued on the tunnel to the dressing rooms.

Both teams were fined 250.000 Swiss Francs for the incidents on Mestalla.

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