ROME (AP) Roma forward Edin Dzeko has been given a two-match Italian Cup ban and fined $11,500 following his dismissal against Fiorentina on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old Dzeko was shown a straight red card in the 72nd minute after arguing with referee Gianluca Manganiello.
Videos and still images of the incident in the Italian Cup quarterfinal appeared to show the Bosnia-Herzegovina international spitting at Manganiello but there was no mention of that in the referee’s report.
Dzeko has been banned “for having protested against a refereeing decision and, having approached the referee with a threatening attitude, used seriously offensive language towards him.”
The ban will apply to Roma’s Italian Cup matches next season as the capital club lost 7-1 at Fiorentina.