Clubs charged after brawl

VALENCIA and Inter Milan have been charged with improper conduct by UEFA following the brawl which marred Tuesday night’s Champions League clash in Spain.

Valencia substitute David Navarro escalated the melee after punching Inter’s Nicolas Burdisso — breaking the Argentinian’s nose in the process — with players from both teams quickly becoming involved.

The disruption continued in the tunnel with Inter players attempting to get into the Valencia dressing room to confront Navarro.

Navarro and Valencia’s Carlos Marchena and Inter’s Burdisso, Ivan Cordoba and Maicon have also been charged with gross unsporting conduct.

The UEFA disciplinary body will deal with the case on March 14.

The second leg of the last-16 tie finished goalless with Valencia progressing on away goals following the 2-2 draw at the San Siro.

Navarro has expressed remorse for the incident, saying he wishes he could “erase’ his actions.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Navarro issued an apology to all involved.

“The first thing I want to do is to publicly apologise, I do not feel good about what happened last night,” the 26-year-old said.

“It was a lack of respect to everyone in football, for the fans, the club. I want to say sorry to the player involved — Burdisso.

“They are bad moments. I have never been an aggressive player, never have I been sent off for that reason and there is little I can say.

“It is not an example for young players to follow.”

Navarro came onto the field following an altercation between Marchena and Burdisso.

Navarro then struck Burdisso, who fell to the ground with what has been confirmed as a broken nose.

“There was much tension in the final 10 minutes and lots of nerves. We were on the bench and, when we left to applaud the fans, I saw a commotion with Marchena,” Navarro said.

“The nerves seized me and what happened did not have to happen.”

The incident overshadowed what should have been a memorable night for Valencia, as they booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Navarro added: “It is a very sad day, it would have been nicer to speak about the game, of the qualification instead of this disagreeable news.

“I feel very bad, all my family are having a bad time as well, I wish that day could be erased so it did not have to exist.

“My dad is very bad, I spoke with him all night at home. I could not sleep at all and I feel very bad.

“It is logical that UEFA will punish me. I have to be prepared for any outcome and I want to send my apologies to UEFA, to the club and mainly to Burdisso.

“I am trying to locate Burdisso, to ask him for forgiveness, and if necessary I will go to Italy to do it in person.

“I don’t know what the club will do. What I have done is not good.”

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