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Valencia deserves your respect

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Updated: April 11, 2012, 4:22 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

A few years ago, Valencia was being governed by a man, Juan Soler, who I'm sure was not a total idiot but whose decisions, attitude and manner gave every indication that he was at least doing a good imitation. Among his many (many) follies was a decision that he would force some of the old guard out of the club by making their lives increasingly difficult, unsatisfactory and unrewarding.

This is a depressingly normal tactic in football, and for legal niceties Soler explained that ...

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