Friday February 25 2011
De Rossi risks Shakhtar ban

Daniele De Rossi may find himself banned for Roma's Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk after an alleged punch.

The Corriere dello Sport today claims that UEFA are in possession of video evidence which appears to show the Italian strike an opponent after last week's 3-2 loss at the Olimpico.

Officials from Donetsk handed the footage over to UEFA's disciplinary committee who will now have to rule on the incident.

The paper suggests that a ban is almost inevitable for the player who scored in the midweek 1-0 win over Bologna.

It's claimed that De Rossi, the midfield powerhouse, will be suspended for at least three European ties.

New Roma boss Vincenzo Montella is already without the suspended Marco Cassetti and Jeremy Menez for the second leg.

The Champions League knock-out rounds haven't been kind to Italian clubs.

Not only did all three sides lose their home games, but UEFA also banned Milan's Gennaro Gattuso for four matches after his altercation with Spurs Coach Joe Jordan.

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