Tuesday, March 04, 2014
DE ROSSI AXED FROM ITALY SQUAD AFTER PUNCHING AN OPPONENT IN SERIA A
Italy coach, Cesare Prandelli have dropped Roma's midfielder the his team that will face Spain in a friendly after he punched Mauro Icardi during a Serie A feisty clash with Inter Milan.
De Rossi swung a right arm from behind Icardi, planting one flush on the Argentina forward's jaw as the pair waited for a ball to arrive in the penalty area
The incident wasn't picked up by referee Mauro Bergonzi, but was captured by television cameras and the 30-year-old midfielder has since been dropped by Italy for a breach of the ethical code of manager Cesare Prandelli.
Rossi's problems worsened as he was handed a retrospective three-game ban, after the Lega deemed the punch to be 'deliberate'.
The sanction, which rules De Rossi out of crunch clashes against Napoli, Udinese and Chievo, is likely to hinder Roma's chances of catching leaders Juventus, who hold an 11-point lead at the top after beating Milan 2-0 on Sunday.
Remarkably, De Rossi's wasn't the only punching incident during the heated goalless draw. Inter's Juan Jesus was also handed a three-game domestic ban for punching Roma counterpart Alessio Romagnoli.