Friday May 18 2012
Marchetti ban reduced on appeal

Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti’s four-match ban has been reduced on appeal, but Andre Dias was not pardoned.

The pair were given lengthy suspensions after the chaotic scenes at the end of their 2-0 defeat to Udinese, in which they protested that a whistle from the stands had caused some to stop playing.

Marchetti pushed the referee during the melee and was given a four-match ban, but that has now been reduced to three on appeal.

This means he has already sat out all three games and can be available for the first match of next season.

However, defender Dias saw his appeal rejected and the original three-match ban stands.