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.
“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.