Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Toro decimated by suspensions

Torino have had seven players suspended ahead of Sunday's crunch Serie A clash at Roma, five of them for fighting at the end of last weekend's game against Genoa.

Torino 2-3 GenoaMarco Pisano and Angelo Obinze Ogbonna have been handed four-match bans for punching and kicking their opponents while Rolando Bianchi and Aimo Stefano Diana have been suspended for two games after rushing off the bench and attempting to join the fight.

Francesco Pratali has also been banned for two matches after he attempted to come onto the pitch two minutes into the second half without permission and insulted the fourth official.

Blerim Dzemaili, who picked up a yellow card during the game, and Ignazio Abate, who was sent off, have been given one-match bans.

The Turin club have announced they are to appeal against the "fraudulent" bans.

It is a big blow for the club who are currently third from bottom in the standings, level on points with 17th-placed Bologna but below on he head-to-head record, and will be fighting for their Serie A lives in the Italian capital in the last game of the season.

Toro need to better the result Bologna achieve in their final game at home to Catania to survive in the top flight.

Genoa, who already know they will end the season in fifth and a place in the UEFA Europa League, have had striker Ruben Olivera banned for three games for his part in the affray while Ivan Juric will miss the last game of the season following his yellow card.

Source: Sporting Life

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