Valencia statement: “Unfair and disproportionate penalty”

Valencia has issued a statement a few hours after the Competition Committee reported the partial closure of Mestalla. The black and white club, which will appeal the sanction, describes it as “unfair and disproportionate”. In addition, Valencia denounces that there is a contradiction of evidence regarding what “the National Police and LaLiga” say. Even Valencia criticizes that the sanction is based on evidence that “Valencia has not been able to see and without giving us the hearing process.” The Mestalla club ends up asking for “maximum respect and rigor for our institution and fans.”

Official statement:

“Valencia CF wishes to show its total disagreement and indignation for the unfair and disproportionate penalty imposed by the Competition Committee on the Club for the closure of the Entertainment Stand for five games. Valencia CF wants to publicly denounce that in this resolution of the RFEF Competition Committee They present evidence that contradicts what the National Police and LaLiga say. In addition, this sanction is based on evidence that the Club has not been able to see and without giving us a hearing.

Valencia CF has condemned, condemns and will condemn in the most energetic way any act of racism or violence. These behaviors have no place in football or in society and we will continue to act in the most forceful way to eradicate this scourge. For this reason, Valencia CF is collaborating from the first minute with the Police and all relevant authorities to clarify the events that occurred last Sunday. In addition, it has applied the maximum possible sanction with the expulsion for life from our stadium to the fans that the Police have identified for their racist behavior.

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For this reason, we consider that penalizing and depriving all the fans who were not involved in these unfortunate incidents from seeing their team is a totally disproportionate, unfair and unprecedented measure against which we will fight.

The fight against racism requires the real commitment of all parties involved without using it as a pretext to incur serious injustices. Valencia CF will appeal until the last instance the closure of the Animation Stand, a sanction that it considers totally unfair and one more grievance in the latest disciplinary decisions that have been taken against the Club. Valencia CF asks for the utmost respect and rigor for our institution and fans.


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