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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 20:35 GMT
Fifa extends Navarro suspension
Valencia's David Navarro connects with Nicolas Burdisso's nose
Burdisso feels the force of Navarro's punch
Football's governing body Fifa has extended the seven-month ban given to Valencia's David Navarro by ruling that it should cover all competitions.

The move means that Navarro will not be able to play in domestic, European or international football until October.

Navarro was given a European ban by Uefa for his role in a brawl in the Champions League against Inter Milan.

Navarro broke the nose of Inter's Nicolas Burdisso, who was banned for six games along with team-mate Maicon.

Valencia have said they will appeal against the decision.

Both clubs were fined 106,000, while Valencia's Carlos Marchena was banned for four games, Inter's Ivan Cordoba for three and Julio Cruz for two.

Uefa had said it would ask Fifa to extend the suspension on Navarro to international level as it did not have the power to do so itself.

But Uefa opted not to impose a stadium ban on Valencia, who play Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Valencia progressed on away goals after a 0-0 draw in the second leg at the Mestralla, but the result was overshadowed by events on the final whistle.

Valencia midfielder Marchena appeared to kick out at Burdisso after exchanging words.

The incident sparked the brawl and Navarro, a substitute who had not featured in the match, ran on to the middle of the pitch and punched Burdisso.

Several Inter players tried to kick Navarro as he ran off the pitch and the fighting continued in the tunnel and outside the dressing rooms.

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has dubbed Navarro "a coward" for his act.

Mancini said: "There's nothing else you can say about someone who throws a punch like that and runs away."

Nothing like this has happened before because I am not a violent person

David Navarro
Navarro has said sorry for his role in the fracas and offered to go to Italy to apologise to Burdisso in person.

He said: "I want to say sorry for what happened, what I did was not good.

"It was a lack of respect for the football world and that's why I wanted to ask forgiveness from the Inter player.

"If I need to go to Italy to say sorry, I will.

"This is a bad time for me, nothing like this has happened before because I am not a violent person. I am setting a bad example."

Valencia's Italian defender Emiliano Moretti has expressed his surprise at his team-mate's actions.

"Navarro is a perfectly normal person and I don't know what would cause him to do such a thing," he told Italian television.

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