Monday April 23 2012
Ban and fine for spitting Lamela?

Roma’s Erik Lamela could be facing suspension and a fine for allegedly spitting at Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The young Argentine seemed to spit on the right-back during last night’s 4-0 loss at the Juventus Stadium.

Television images show the youngster approach the Swiss international after the latter taunted him with four fingers – signifying the goals scored by the Old Lady up until that point.

The incident is set to be viewed by the video evidence panel on Monday which may lead to a ban for the South American.

Inter’s Luc Castaignos was banned for three matches earlier this season when he spat Bologna’s Andrea Raggi.

Meanwhile, the summer signing from River Plate could also be hit in the pocket by his own club.

“Lichtsteiner could have avoided his jibe, but we’ll be the first to punish Lamela is he did spit,” stated sporting director Walter Sabatini.

“He’s a young strong player and we must educate him. If he did do it then we will deal with it, but the player told me that he feigned the action.”

Lamela was sent off in the Coppa Italia game in Turin earlier this season when Juve won 3-0.

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