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Fiorentina pair Italiano, Biraghi play down Vlahovic controversy after defeat of Cagliari

Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi insists there was no problem with Dusan Vlahovic after victory over Cagliari.

Vlahovic appeared to refuse to take a penalty in the 3-0 win, leaving it to Biraghi to convert.

“Vlahovic is the penalty taker and I am the second choice, while usually I take the free kicks. Today we swapped," said the captain.

“It's not that he didn't feel ready for it, as Dusan may be young, but he's got remarkable character. If he didn't, then he would not have put in that performance."

Viola coach Vincenzo Italiano also said: “There are three or four in training who can do it, so whoever feels ready can step up. I don't want arguments over the ball, whoever feels ready should take it and today Biraghi felt ready. As long as the three or four agree between themselves calmly the way they did today, it's fine with me.

“Vlahovic takes penalties well, Biraghi showed a cool head today, as it's not easy when it's 0-0."


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