Roma striker Edin Dzeko could face a lengthy ban after appearing to spit at the referee during Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia thrashing at Fiorentina.
The capital club were humbled 7-1 in their quarter-final clash in Florence, where Dzeko was shown a straight red card in the 72nd minute for dissent.
Videos and still images of the incident appear to show the 32-year-old Bosnian, who was a second-half substitute, spitting at official Gianluca Manganiello.
The referee will confirm his reasons for expelling former Manchester City forward Dzeko in his match report and, as Roma’s cup campaign is now over, the resulting suspension will carry over to Serie A according to Italian football Federation rules. Roma host AC Milan in the league on Sunday evening.
Giallorossi boss Eusebio Di Francesco described the rout in Tuscany as a “shameful performance”, personally apologising to supporters for the result in a statement on the club’s official website.
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Napoli’s hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus suffered a dent after drawing a blank at top-four rivals AC Milan.
Returning to the San Siro exactly one month after defender Kalidou Koulibaly was the subject of alleged racist chanting in a 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan, Napoli this time settled for a goalless draw.
Jose Callejon clipping the crossbar was the closest Napoli came to a breakthrough, although both goalkeepers were pressed into action on multiple occasions in a see-saw encounter.
Napoli closed the gap on Juventus to eight points, but the Turin giants could further their lead into double digits when they travel to Lazio on Sunday.
To compound the Partenopei’s disappointment, Fabian Ruiz was given his marching orders deep into time added-on after receiving a second yellow card.
Fabio Quagliarella’s penalty double helped Sampdoria thrash Udinese 4-0.
Quagliarella struck from the spot in either half before Karol Linetty and substitute Manolo Gabbiadini added gloss to the scoreline as Samp moved up to sixth in the standings.
Sassuolo are up to ninth as goals from Manuel Locatelli and substitute Alessandro Matri either side of Khouma El Babacar’s spot-kick sealed a convincing 3-0 victory over Cagliari.
Still unbeaten 19 games into the league campaign, the ‘Old Lady’ headed into the weekend’s fixtures nine points clear of second place Napoli and are firmly on course to clinch an eighth successive Serie A title.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side visited Chievo on the opening day of the current Serie A season and came from behind to win 3-2 – Federico Bernardeschi scoring the winner deep into stoppage time.
Chievo currently sit bottom of the table, but have lost only one of their seven league games under new coach Domenico di Carlo
And this turn around in form culminated in the ‘Flying Donkeys’ picking up their first win of the league campaign in their previous game, beating fellow strugglers Frosinone 1-0.