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Valencia president furious with Slovenian referee

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo couldn’t contain his anger, after his side went down 2-0 at Sevilla in the first-leg of the Europa League semi-final, pointing at what he considered abysmal decisions from the Slovenian match officials.

Slovenian referee Damir SkominaAmadeo Salvo launched a scathing attack on the refereeing decisions Damir Skomina and his team of assistants, for what he considered to be an offside opening goal by Sevilla midfielder Mbia, plus the harsh yellow card for Paco Alcácer.

“We’re disgusted. I don’t understand how UEFA can put a referee from Slovenia, into a semi-final of this level. This has penalised a semi-final of the Europa League, with a team of officials from a country like Slovenia, where the football is what it is and where they don’t face games of this magnitude.”

As for the Alcácer yellow card, Salvo assured in no uncertain terms, they will demand UEFA rescind it, so that the striker can play in the second leg.

“We’ll protest against it. It’s difficult to get a rectification from UEFA, but they should at least do that, after a deplorable attitude from the officials.”

Even with the two-goal deficit, Salvo remains certain that Valencia can turn the tie around at home and book their passage to the final.

“With what we’ll experience at the Mestalla, this tie can be overcome and we’ll make our way to Turin.”

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