Monday March 21 2011
Lazio suffer Matuzalem ban

Lazio's hopes of a top four finish have been hit by a four-match ban handed to Francelino Matuzalem.

The Brazilian was given the punishment today after TV evidence was used for an altercation during Lazio's 1-0 win over Cesena.

The former Napoli player was caught on camera striking Luis Jimenez in the face in an off-the-ball incident.

Midfielder Matuzalem was thus handed a three-match stop for his actions, but he'll also miss another game as he was booked earlier in the Cesena encounter too.

Lazio, just two points behind fourth-placed Udinese, may decide to appeal against today's judgement.

The one-match suspensions after the latest round of games were also confirmed this evening by the disciplinary committee.

Inter's Lucio will miss the Milan derby following his yellow card in the 1-0 win over Lecce on Sunday afternoon.

Mareco (Brescia), Conti (Cagliari), Giacomazzi (Lecce), Giovinco, Dzemaili, Valiani (Parma), Lauro (Cesena), Llama (Catania) and Pinzi (Udinese) will also serve 90-minutes stops.