The Administrative Court of Sport (CAS) have dismissed Valencia‘s appeal of the four-match ban handed to captain Jose Gaya.
“They do what they want” and “he saw it and didn’t want to whistle”. Those are the words Gaya directed towards a referee after a league match last season.
After being handed an initial four-match ban, Valencia vowed to fight the decision. Even after losing the appeal, Valencia took the case to CAS.
A final decision was slow to materialise until Thursday, when the club received word that the ban had been upheld, meaning Gaya won’t be able to play until the fifth match of the season.
What cost Gaya
“More than the VAR, what strikes me is that at half-time we approached the referee to talk and he told us that if he had whistled the penalty, the VAR would have taken it away,” Gaya said following last season’s match against Osasuna.
“We don’t understand it, it has happened to us on more than one occasion and it seems that nothing happens here, it’s a decision that changed the match.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but these are acts that are repeated a lot and what the referee told us was striking. It’s a trend we’ve seen all season.
“He had to be told it was a very clear penalty. The referee saw it and didn’t want to call it. We will fight against everything and move forward.
“You can’t say anything either because you get a yellow card like I did at the end. They do what they want.”
Valencia stand with Gaya
The decision has been met with disapproval from Valencia, who expressed their “deep indignation at the disproportionate and unfair four-game ban imposed on him [Gaya]”.
Part of Valencia‘s displeasure stems from the timing of the decision, which was handed down just three days before their match against Girona, despite the appeal being filed on June 30th.
“Valencia CF once again reiterate our complete support for our captain and are saddened by this unfair suspension,” read a statement on the club’s website.