NEWS
Tuesday April 5 2016
Higuain ban confirmed

Gonzalo Higuain’s four-game ban has been confirmed, with the Napoli striker also fined €20,000.

The Argentinian international was sent-off in the defeat to Udinese at the weekend, and appeared to push the referee before being dragged away by his teammates.

It was reported yesterday that, having considered referee Massimiliano Irrati’s report, the Lega Serie A had decided on a four-game ban, and that sentence was confirmed today.

In its report, the Giudice Sportivo notes that Higuain has been handed a one-game ban for his two yellow cards - one for “protesting against the match officials” and one for “misconduct against an opponent”.

In addition, the striker “aimed an insulting expression at the referee, and made a rude gesture toward him” as well as “getting in his face and putting both hands on his chest” before “taking an aggressive stance against an opponent and having to be restrained by teammates”.

The combination of these latter transgressions has added three games to his ban, as well as earning a €20,000 fine.

Partenopei Coach Maurizio Sarri has also been given a one-game touchline ban for “blatantly challenging the actions of the match officials” on several occasions.

Elsewhere, Joaquin Correa of Sampdoria, Inter full-back Yuto Nagatomo, Lazio’s Wesley Hoedt and Miranda of Inter have been given one-game bans for their respective red cards in Week 31.

Crossing the disciplinary threshold after a booking and therefore facing a one-match ban are Milan’s Andrea Bertolacci, Bologna winger Emanuele Giaccherini, Federico Dionisi of Frosinone, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Dries Mertens, Mattia Cassani of Sampdoria, Udinese’s Bruno Fernandes, Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Franco Vazquez of Palermo.

After reviewing television evidence, Torino’s Andrea Belotti was not deemed to have dived against Inter, and will therefore not face any punishment.

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