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Montella – There will be no Ribery appeal

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Vincenzo Montella has confirmed that Fiorentina’s Franck Ribery will not appeal his punishment for pushing a match official.

In the aftermath of La Viola’s defeat to Lazio, a dark cloud came over Franck Ribery.

He approached a match official demanding an explanation. The confrontation escalated very quickly from shouting and remonstrating to pushing and shoving.

The cardinal sin in football, putting your hands on a match official.

The Frenchman was hit with a 20 thousand Euro fine, and a three man ban.

Since the incident and the punishment, in an interview reported by Football Italia, Montella has confirmed the clubs position, and will let the player do all the explaining.

Montella said:

“He [Ribery] comes from a squad that is highly competitive at a world level.”

“He might be a bit less experienced with this.”

“I will let him explain himself. We have decided not to appeal the ban.”

Given the latest suspension of Ribery, along with red-carded Luca Ranieri, Montella will have t make adjustments to his team.

While some players are fighting fit, he has some who are struggling with fatigue.

The Fiorentina boss is likely to ring the changes in the midweek clash with Sassuolo, but he wasn’t giving too much away.

He added:

“[Federico] Chiesa is exhausted towards the end of the games, but he is a top lad.”

“He recuperates quickly and would still be able to play three games in a week.”

“Maybe I’ll change something in the middle of the park, but I won’t say more than that.”

While it is no excuse for Ribery’s actions, he is not a player accustomed to fighting and scrapping for a victory.

He is in fact, one of football’s most successful players. During his time in Germany, he won 24 major trophies at Bayern Munich.

Ribery has since taken to social media to make an apology

He said:

“I’m really sorry for last night.”

“I apologise to my team-mates, the coach and the fans.”

“I also apologise to Mr [Matteo] Passeri because at the end of the match I was very agitated and sad, and I hope he can understand my mood.”

“I always want to stay on the pitch and help my team-mates because I came all the way to Florence for this city and this club.”

“I think Fiorentina should get more attention.”

“The same attention given to other clubs, for the great work we’re doing every day.”