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He's 25! Arsenal target gets his mum to defend his red card

Arsenal transfer target Juan Cuadrado is in a spot of bother in Italy.

The player Arsenal scouted at the weekend in Italy, Juan Cuadrado, had a night to forget in Serie A last night as he was sent off for Fiorentina.

Booked 11 times last season in the division, the winger has developed a reputation as a little bit of a hot-head, with being red carded for two bookable offences in the club's home loss to Napoli his latest misdemeanour.

The second booking was though very controversial, it was for a 'dive' in the penalty area.

Fiorentina were furious, with co-owner Andrea della Valle saying: "I need someone to explain to me why they didn’t give that penalty. Maybe he’s a bit young and inexperienced, so lacked courage."

Cuadrado, who scored both in the weekend's 2-1 win at Chievo, stands to miss the upcoming fixture against AC Milan, and Fiorentina have lodged an appeal.

A club statement wrote: "From the TV images you can clearly see the good faith of our footballer,” 

"He is recognised by all as a player who lives the game with joy and professionalism, who does not fall into the category of divers."

It has not stopped there though, as Fiorentina have decided to call the ultimate character witness to defend Cuadrado's reputation... his mum!

She told the club's website:

"My son is very sorry. I know him well, and I know for sure that he would never do such a thing. He likes to play and have fun.

It was very bad because we all know simulation is not a very nice gesture. Yesterday, in fact, after the game we immediately went home and were sick. Tonight was impossible to sleep, even though today is much better."

Who could believe Cuadrado is a diver after that heartfelt message?

Now if only Ashley Young thought of that...

image: © carca

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