Cristante receives ban for “blasphemous language”


Lega Serie A Sporting Judge, Gerardo Mastrandrea, has handed Roma’s Bryan Cristante a one-match ban for what he deemed to be “blasphemous language” after television cameras caught the Italian using a curse word during yesterday’s match against Bologna.

Cristante was clearly irate when the cameras panned to him after he mishit a cross and was at-fault for an own-goal in the 23rd minute in yesterday’s affair, which ended 5-1 in favor of Roma.

In his decision, the Sporting Judge claims that the ex-Milan man violated Article 61, Section 3 of the Italian FA’s sporting code, which outlines the regulations related to unsportsmanlike conduct.

Television footage can be used as evidence against a player and Mastrandrea ruled that Cristante’s words clearly fall within the realm of blasphemous language — a decision that means the Italian will be unavailable for Thursday’s league fixture against Torino.

Roma could opt to appeal the decision, however, It remains to be seen if they will do so.

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