Sevilla launch Navarro action
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sevilla will launch a legal action to try and overturn Javi Navarro's five-game ban.Sevilla have confirmed they will launch a legal action to get defender Javi Navarro's five-game ban overturned.
Navarro was sanctioned with the hefty suspension after an elbow on Mallorca's Juan Arango which left the Venezuelan midfielder in hospital with a fractured cheekbone.
Although Navarro only received a booking for the incident in the actual game on May 20, the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) decided to take further action after widespread criticism of the Sevilla stopper.
Navarro, and Sevilla, have always protested the player's innocence and insisted the contact was completely unintentional.
They believe the punishment from the RFEF is the result of a media witch-hunt, and have revealed they will launch legal action to try and clear the player.
"Our objective is to demand a jurisdictional order that suspends the punishment of Javi Navarro," read a statement on the club's website.
Ironically, Navarro - who was forced to sit out Sevilla's win at Espanyol on Sunday as the first match of his suspension - was injured in a training session at the weekend and looks set to be out of action for around a month with a torn muscle.
It means the player is likely to be injured for the remainder of his ban, but Sevilla are to press ahead with their legal action anyway to try and clear his name.