Bodø/Glimt director Thomassen: “UEFA’s decision to suspend Knutsen is absurd.”

Bodø/Glimt GM Frode Thomassen spoke to Norwegian outlet Verdens Gang about UEFA’s decision to suspend Bodø/Glimt’s coach Kjetil Knutsen following the incident with Roma’s Nuno Santos.

“Our first reaction was utter shock at the verdict. To be in this situation, clearly provoked by Roma’s staff, seems unacceptable and unreasonable.”

He added, “The decision is absurd, and we feel it doesn’t hold up.”

“The truth will emerge at some point. We will argue that the verdict does not hold up.”

“We have a strong expectation that when we clarify the case and talk to UEFA, the sentence will change. We really expect it to happen.”

When asked about how the team reacted to the news of Knutsen’s suspension, Thomassen replied, “If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s shifting attention to what’s going to happen on the pitch.”

“But of course it upsets us. Both what happened at Aspmyra and UEFA’s judgement.”

“But let’s work together and talk together and we’ll play an important game on Thursday, so it’s important to prepare well.”

“We have several different people who focus on the upcoming appeal to UEFA and the match at the Olympic Stadium. It will be tragic if Knutsen can’t be there. It’s not just about this game, it’s about the kind of values we want football to have.”

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