Monday, 27 October 2008

Gilardino handed two-game ban

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino has been handed a two-game ban by the Italian Football Federation's disciplinary commission.

Alberto GilardinoGilardino's goal in Sunday's 3-1 win over Palermo infuriated the home side with replays showing that he used his arm to open the scoring in the 19th minute.

In a statement, the disciplinary commission said that television evidence showed the Italy international had deliberately handled when he slid in to score.

The two-game ban has been issued as the commission felt the former Parma and AC Milan forward was guilty of 'serious unsporting conduct'.

The Sicilian side's President Maurizio Zamparini had already called for the Fiorentina player to be issued with a five-game ban, with Palermo made even more livid by the fact that Gilardino ran away in celebration.

"He even celebrated, incredible," Zamparini fumed after the game.

Serie A's top scorer will now miss Wednesday's home match with champions Inter and next Sunday's Tuscan encounter at Siena.

Source: Sky Sports

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