Roma captain De Rossi handed 2-match ban for slap

November 28, 2017

Referee Piero Giacomelli shows Roma's Daniele De Ross a red card, during the Serie A soccer match between Genoa and Roma, at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

ROME (AP) — Roma captain Daniele De Rossi has been given a two-match ban for slapping Gianluca Lapadula in the Serie A draw with Genoa at the weekend.

The league disciplinary body handed him the suspension on Tuesday, two days after the “serious unsporting behavior.”

Roma was 1-0 up and seemingly in control of the match when, in the 69th minute, De Rossi was sent off for slapping Lapadula in the face.

The resulting penalty was converted by Lapadula.

De Rossi will miss Roma’s home match against Spal on Friday and its trip to Chievo Verona the following week.

Roma is fourth in Serie A, seven points behind leader Napoli, although it has played a match less than the three teams above it.

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