Tuesday January 28 2014
Balotelli and Buffon banned

Gianluigi Buffon and Mario Balotelli are among the Serie A players suspended for Week 22.

Cagliari have been given a suspended sentence of playing a game behind closed doors for racist abuse aimed at Balotelli after he scored the equaliser at the Stadio Sant’Elia.

Balotelli responded to the insults with a vulgar gesture towards the crowd, which was spotted by the referee and punished with a yellow card.

Balotelli will be suspended for this weekend’s game against Torino and was fined €10,000 for the gesture.

Bologna were fined €10,000 for using a phone or radio to communicate with Coach Davide Ballardini, who was sitting out a touchline ban.

Buffon was sent off in Lazio-Juventus and therefore suspended for the clash with Inter, while Atalanta’s Davide Brivio is also banned for one round due to his red card.

Other players suspended for Week 22 are Luca Antei (Sassuolo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Andrea Coda (Livorno), Andrea Cossu (Cagliari), Felipe (Parma), Leandro Greco (Livorno) and Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Chievo Coach Eugenio Corini escaped a touchline ban after his dismissal for repeatedly leaving the technical area in the 1-1 draw with Napoli.

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