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Tuesday November 2 2010
Totti given one-match ban

Francesco Totti has escaped with only a one-match ban after his controversial red card, but still misses the Rome derby.

The Roma captain was sent off for shoving Lecce's Ruben Olivera after he had been tripped up off the ball during the build-up to a goal.

As the incident occurred directly in front of the referee, video evidence could not be used to take away the card, which many saw as unduly harsh on both players.

There were fears Totti would be further penalised for his furious reaction, as it took five or six stewards to hold him back when he tried to lunge after Olivera in the tunnel.

However, the Disciplinary Commission opted not to add insult to injury, providing the mandatory one-match ban for the card plus a €20,000 fine for his reaction.

It still means he will miss the Rome derby this weekend against Serie A leaders Lazio.

Giuseppe Biava also misses that game due to his dismissal against Palermo.

Other players given a one-match ban are: Blerim Dzemaili (Parma), Olivera (Lecce), Gelson Fernandes (Chievo), Kevin Prince Boateng (Milan), Giuseppe Colucci (Cesena), Omar Milanetto (Genoa), Cesare Natali (Fiorentina) and Nicola Pozzi (Sampdoria).

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