Referee Fabio Maresca set to be punished after errors in Roma-Sassuolo


After his disastrous display in Sunday’s league affair between Roma and Sassuolo, referee Fabio Maresca is set to be punished for the second time this season.

Both La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport have reported that the 39 year-old referee will, once again, be punished by Serie A referee designator Nicola Rizzoli and will not be assigned to oversee any matches this weekend.

Rizzoli’s decision to punish Maresca, reportedly, is not strictly based on the number of incorrect decisions he made throughout the match — he was also extremely disappointed by his conduct and attitude.

Though, Maresca will not be the only one who’s given a “time out” by Rizzoli — Marco Guida, the match’s VAR official, is also set to be punished after he failed to properly intervene on a number of occasions throughout the fixture.

The pair were the subject of intense criticism following the match after they declined to correctly award a penalty to Roma after a clear handed ball from Sassuolo’s Kaan Ayhan.

They also opted against showing red to the Neroverdi’s Pedro Obiang, who was only given a yellow card despite a violent stamp on the right ankle of midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini.

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