Spalletti Will Face a Two-Match Ban After Incident During Sassuolo Game

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti was sent off during the match against Sassuolo. Spalletti will face a two-match ban.

The Sporting Judge has handed Luciano Spalletti, Napoli’s manager, a ban of two matches and also fined Nicolo Zanziolo for diving.

Spalletti received his marching orders for dissent during the second half of last night’s match between Sassuolo and Napoli.

Spalletti has been banned by the Sporting Judge for two matches, so he will not be able to sit on the bench as Napoli takes on Atalanta and Empoli in the team’s following two Serie A games.

The Sporting Judge also fined Roma starlet Nicolo Zniolo EUR2,000 for supposed diving. Referee Luca Pairetto had booked the Italy International in the match against Bologna, which Roma lost 1-0.

Spalletti also explained, in his view, why he was sent off.

Because I protested for the free-kick that led to Sassuolo’s equalizer. It was foul on Rrahmani. Instead, he was given a yellow card. That’s why I protested. He shielded the ball and was hit.

Napoli plays Atalanta on Saturday at 20.45 in what could be a decisive match to determine the Serie A top spot.

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