Thursday April 17 2014
Destro ban appeal rejected

Mattia Destro will sit out his three-match ban, as Roma’s appeal against the use of video evidence was rejected.

The striker was handed the three-game suspension after he was caught on camera lashing out a fist at Cagliari defender Davide Astori when they were tussling for the ball.

This caused controversy, as video evidence is only admissible in Italy when the referee has not seen or judged the incident.

Roma argued the official had already judged what happened, as he booked Astori for his angry reaction to Destro.

However, the appeal was rejected, as the referee’s report only included booking Astori for the reaction and not the original challenge.

Giallorossi lawyers wanted the ban revoked completely and warned it would “set a precedent” otherwise.

Destro will now miss games against Fiorentina, Milan and Catania, but can be available again for the showdown with Juventus on May 9.