Serie A: Mattia Destro banned for three Roma games after punching Davide Astori

Roma forward Mattia Destro has been banned for three Serie A games for aggressive conduct towards Cagliari defender Davide Astori, the Lega Serie A announced on Tuesday.

The Italy international hit Astori in the face during Roma’s 3-1 triumph at Cagliari on Saturday and, although the referee failed to see the action, TV evidence was used to determine the punishment.

Destro, who scored a hat-trick at the Stadio Sant’Elia on Sunday, was booked during the encounter, which has resulted in a further one-match ban.

The 23-year-old will miss the league games against Atalanta, Fiorentina, AC Milan and Catania but will be available for selection for Roma’s home game against Juventus on May 9.

A Lega Serie A statement read: “The sporting judge punishes Mattia Destro with a three-match ban for violent conduct in relation to an action that saw the Giallorosso player lash out an arm at Cagliari’s Davide Astori.

“Destro is also handed a one-match ban for yellow-card accumulation.”

Destro is the Giallorossi’s top scorer with 13 goals this season.

Roma, coached by Rudi Garcia, are also set to do without injured centre-back Mehdi Benatia for a month, with the Morocco international sidelined with a groin injury sustained at the weekend.

Roma are second in the Serie A standings, eight points behind league leaders Juventus with six games remaining.

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