Tuesday November 5 2019
Ilicic given two-match ban

Roma have been fined €30,000 for ‘territorial discrimination’ chants against Napoli, while Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic receives a two-match ban.

The Disciplinary Commission also imposed a partial stadium ban on a sector of the Hellas Verona crowd where racist abuse was clearly audible towards Brescia striker Mario Balotelli.

With the same rules, Roma are fined €30,000 and have been put on a warning for a stadium ban after repeated chants of ‘territorial discrimination’ towards Neapolitans.

This anti-Southern sentiment is treated the same way in Italy as racism and the game was stopped for several minutes while Roma captain Edin Dzeko urged the fans to stop, a gesture that lowered the punishment Roma would otherwise have received.

Meanwhile, the Disciplinary Commission gave Atalanta player Ilicic a two-match ban for unsporting behaviour, as he was sent off for kicking out at an opponent with a reaction foul during the 2-0 defeat to Cagliari.

It means Ilicic will miss games against Sampdoria and Juventus.

Brescia forward Alessandro Matri was suspended for one game and fined €15,000 for insulting the referee.

There are also one-match bans for Roma defender Mert Cetin, SPAL defender Igor and Sassuolo midfielder Pedro Obiang.

Bologna director Riccardo Bigon was given a two-game touchline ban and €10,000 fine for insulting the referee.

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