Artemio Franchi

Next Game

Fiorentina v Guingamp

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 20:05

Europa League Group K

Artemio Franchi

Last Game

Fiorentina 0 - 0 Genoa

Sunday, 14 September 2014, 14:00

Italian Serie A

FIGC look at Pizarro comments

Fiorentina midfielder David Pizarro has been referred to the Italian Football Federation's disciplinary commission after publicly suggesting his club had been unfairly denied a Champions League place.

Last Updated: 30/07/13 at 19:52 Post Comment

David Pizarro: Referred to the Italian Football Federation's disciplinary co

David Pizarro: Referred to the Italian Football Federation's disciplinary co

The Tuscan club finished fourth behind AC Milan in the 2012-13 campaign to miss out on preliminary qualifying for Europe's premier competition by two points.

While La Viola were beating Pescara 5-1 on the final day, Milan had to come from behind to beat Siena 2-1 in a game which saw the Rossoneri awarded a late penalty.

Fiorentina players and staff expressed their unhappiness over the penalty call at the time and, in interviews with Italian newspapers Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport published last week, Pizarro revealed how he still feels the authorities have turned his side "into a joke".

The FIGC have subsequently taken issue with the Chilean's comments, with a statement on their official website reading: "The federal prosecutor has referred Fiorentina player David Pizarro to the national disciplinary commission.

"In statements published on the websites of the Gazzetta dello Sport and the Corriere dello Sport on July 22, he publicly expressed opinions and remarks likely to infringe on the prestige, reputation and credibility of the Federation, casting doubts on the neutrality of the institution itself, the fairness of the games and the championship and the objectivity and the impartiality of the referees.

"For their objective liability, (Fiorentina) have also been referred."

Former Manchester City and Roma midfielder Pizarro was quoted in the Corriere dello Sport as saying: "They didn't let us play in the Champions League even though we deserved it, they turned us into a joke and, just like all Florentines, I am yet to digest what happened.

"I am protesting about a system that allows these kind of things to happen; the same things I saw at Roma. It's a shame to work hard all week only to be frustrated every Sunday."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

England move up FIFA world rankings after Switzerland victory

England, Northern Ireland and Wales move up the latest FIFA world rankings after recent wins in European qualifiers.

Transfer news: Nigel de Jong ready to sign new deal at AC Milan

Nigel de Jong was flattered by summer interest in his services, but is looking to pen a contract extension at AC Milan.

Premier League: Liverpool looking for Mario Balotelli to learn from past stars

Brendan Rodgers hopes Mario Balotelli will take inspiration from the likes of Luis Suarez as he settles at Liverpool.

Mail Box

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property