Ex-West Ham star Diamanti's situation for Tottenham Hotspur tie branded a mistake

Diamanti and Buffon Italy

Fiorentina have been criticised over Alessandro Diamanti's ineligibility for the upcoming Europa League clashes against Tottenham Hotspur.

Fiorentina have been criticised after their failure to include mid-season addition Alessandro Diamanti in their Europa League squad.

Diamanti played for West Ham during the 2009/10 season, and had recently been playing in China for Guangzhao Evergrande.

He signed on loan with Fiorentina until the end of the season, and has settled instantly back to life in Italy, scoring in a 3-2 win over Atalanta at the weekend, their first match since selling Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea.

The 31-year-old is however ineligible to play in the Europa League against Tottenham Hotspur later this month after the club failed to register him with UEFA, selecting Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah instead.

His omission has been criticsed by former Serie A defender Lorenzo Stovini, who is quoted by Tuttomercatoweb:

"I would never have excluded Diamanti, because someone like him is always handy. It was a mistake as serious as the exclusion of Joaquin earlier this year."

Salah is yet to play a game since signing, but his past record of scoring against Spurs for Basel makes him a dangerman, as does his motivation to show Jose Mourinho what he can do with the Chelsea boss likely to be scouting Spurs days before the Capital One Cup Final.

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