Mancini: Navarro is a coward
By Robin Hackett and Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roberto Mancini has branded David Navarro a 'coward' for his behaviour on Tuesday.
Internazionale boss Roberto Mancini has branded Valencia's David Navarro a 'coward' for his part in the brawl that followed the sides' Uefa Champions League tie.
Navarro raced onto the pitch and threw at punch at Inter's Argentina international Nicolas Burdisso, breaking his nose.
The Valencia defender then ran from the scene as the fight continued.
"I didn't see anything because I was the first person to go back to the dressing room," Mancini told the club's official website.
"The boys told me what happened afterwards.
"Now I have seen the footage, I can say that the Valencia player is a coward. There's nothing else you can say about someone who throws a punch like that then runs away."
Burdisso was similarly unimpressed.
"I was having a quarrel with another person and what he did is not the behaviour of a real man," he said.
"But then there was a reaction from our whole side and I think that shows we are a great group. It's just shame we have now been eliminated."
Uefa will hold an official inquiry into the events after the game and will announce their decisions on 22nd March.
"I have faith in Uefa," said Burdisso.
Inter president Massimo Moratti echoed that sentiment, adding that Inter were happy to let them handle the matter.
"The Uefa delegate will do what he has to do," he said. "But I don't think Inter will take any further action."