Depor ask RFEF for action
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bolivian defender Pena's uncompromising tackle on Valeron fractured the Spanish international forward's leg, leaving him out for around eight weeks.
The news is a major blow to coach Javier Irureta, who has seen Valeron and Roy Makaay strike up a formidable partnership with the Dutch star scoring nine goals already this season.
Depor have sent in a video of the game to the Disciplinary Committee, requesting that Pena suffers some kind of ban after only picking up a booking from the referee.
Speaking about the incident, veteran Donato said: "That did not have anything to do with the game. Pena wanted to do that from the first minute of the second half and he eventually got it.
"He (Pena) had to be sent off, that filled us with rage. Personally I do not hide when saying that I was on the verge of leaving my position and kicking Pena, but I was contained."
Makaay has hit out at the lack of protection in the game and stated that it should not just be the superstars like Zinedine Zidane, Raul or Ronaldo that receives it.
"It is not the case that people come to watch football to see who can kick who more," said Makaay.
Pena replied: "I always play hard but fair. I was disciplined at the time. I do not understand why now they are wanting to have me banned."
Despite the strong nature of the challenge, it is highly likely this attempt by Depor will fail, unless the RFEF view the tackle as requiring further action and with the referee already having booked Pena, it remains to be seen if they do this.