Tuesday, March 04, 2014

DE ROSSI AXED FROM ITALY SQUAD AFTER PUNCHING AN OPPONENT IN SERIA A

Rocked: As Icardi waits for the ball, De Rossi lands flush on his chin

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.
Fiery: De Rossi's conduct went unnoticed but he was handed a retrospective three-game ban

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.
Underhand: Juan planted a left uppercut into the ribs of the Roma man, who writhed in pain afterwards

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.





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