Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Duo banned amid blasphemy crackdown

Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo and Parma forward Davide Lanzafame have become the first professionals to be suspended as a result of Italian football's blasphemy crackdown.

Domenico Di CarloDi Carlo was banned from the dugout for Sunday's match at Bari after the Lega Calcio said in a statement that he uttered a "blasphemous expression" during the 2-1 home win over Cagliari last weekend.

Lanzafame was also banned for Sunday's trip to Siena after committing the same offence in Parma's 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

Referees in Italy were told last week by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to give red cards to players they hear blaspheming.

Source: Reuters

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