Fiorentina: Panerai's outburst against Salah and Inter nothing to do with us

The Viola have distanced themselves from comments made by their vice president calling for the Nerazzurri to be relegated for trying to sign the 23-year-old winger

Fiorentina have distanced themselves from vice-president Paolo Panerai’s calls for Inter to be relegated from Serie A for their alleged pursuit of Mohamed Salah.

Panerai sent a series of tweets via an unverified Twitter account on Sunday demanding “transparency” from Inter in regards to Salah.

The 23-year-old joined the club in January on an 18 month loan deal from Chelsea as part of the deal which saw Juan Cuadrado move to London, but he has decided not to return to Fiorentina for the remainder of the spell amid a possible move to San Siro.

The Nerazzurri have since reacted angrily to Panerai’s social media attack and the Viola were quick to insist that Panerai’s opinions did not represent the club’s stance on the issue.

“Fiorentina wishes to clarify that recent comments made by board member Paolo Panerai are his own personal views and not those of the club,” the statement read.

Panerai sparked controversy when he published two separate Twitter outbursts on Sunday and hit out at Inter, who are reportedly set to prise the Egypt international away from Stamford Bridge.

He began by calling on the Italian Olympic Committee president to take action, insisting the Nerazzurri were breaking transfer rules and calling for them to be relegated.

Panerai returned to Twitter hours later in wake of Inter’s dismayed response and added: “Inter say nobody dare, nobody dare. I personally will dare and again demand transparency, just like the Corriere della Sera and the Gazzetta dello Sport. From the Cayman Islands…

“Inter say that Salah is not an issue that concerns them. Good. I’ll be very happy to give them credit for that at the end of the story.

“Meanwhile, Fiorentina sent a legal warning.”

The Viola are furious with Salah for failing to honour the terms set when he moved to Artemio Franchi and are prepared to take legal action against the Egyptian.

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