Roma striker Mattia Destro has been handed a four-game ban by league officials, ending a dream weekend in which the Italy World Cup hopeful scored a hat-trick for the Giallorossi.
Destro claimed all three goals in Roma’s 3-1 away to Cagliari on Sunday but fell victim to trial by television following a request by the disciplinary commission of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
As Destro tried to tackle Davide Astori from behind, his hand came up to catch the Cagliari defender in the face. Astori was booked for retaliating, but video evidence suggested Destro – who escaped a caution – was at fault.
A statement by Serie A officials affirmed Destro had been “caught by television” carrying out “an act of violence not seen by the referee” and would be “banned for three games”.
The 23-year-old striker, who is hoping to be part of Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup squad, was handed a separate one-game ban after being cautioned for simulation in the box three minutes before half-time.
That yellow card sparked an automatic one-game ban but Destro will now miss Roma’s next four league encounters, at home to Atalanta, away to Fiorentina, at home to Milan and away to Catania.
He will only return in time for the visit of Juventus on May 9, a match which – with Roma eight points adrift in second place – is currently being spoken of as a potential title-decider.
Roma will also be without attacking midfielders Alessandro Florenzi and Miralem Pjanic for the visit of Atalanta after both were handed one-match bans due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Both were also booked in the 3-1 win in Sardinia.