Lecce striker Javier Ernesto Chevanton has publicly apologised after receiving a five-match ban for throwing his shirt at the referee.
The Uruguayan was shown a straight red card for hacking down Guido Marilungo after his penalty appeal was rejected, then hurled abuse – and his jersey – at the official.
“I am very sorry that I left the team playing a man down,” he said after the 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria.
“I don't think the foul on Marilungo was worthy of a red card. Straight after the dismissal, I had a bad reaction and I want to apologise to everybody for that – to the fans, my Coach, teammates and the club.
“I also apologise to the referee, Mr Gava.”
The Disciplinary Commission came down hard on Chevanton with a five-match ban for his behaviour.
Lecce have announced they will lodge an appeal against the suspension.
“Chevanton realised he made a mistake, but the referee made a bad call with the red card in the first place,” argued Coach Gigi De Canio.
“In making its appeal, the club will have every opportunity to explain Chevanton's gesture. I'd split it into two moments: the incorrect decision by the referee to send him off, as he judged the run from the other end of the pitch to be with the intention of committing a foul and then that the foul was violent.”
Inter striker Samuel Eto'o received a three-match ban for head-butting Chievo's Bostjan Cesar in the chest during an off-the-ball incident.
Per Kroldrup of Fiorentina is suspended for two rounds after insulting the referee.
Banned for one match are Maxi Lopez (Catania), Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Stephen Appiah (Cesena) and Rafinha (Genoa).
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