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Serie A: Juventus Forward Angel Di Maria Handed Two-match Ban for Red Card in Monza Humiliation

Last Updated: September 21, 2022, 00:16 IST

Angel Di Maria has been banned for two matches for elbowing an opponent during their humiliating loss to promoted Monza, Serie A said on Tuesday.

Argentina winger Di Maria was sent off five minutes before half-time of Sunday’s 1-0 loss, also Monza’s first ever win in the Italian top flight, after lashing out at Armando Izzo.

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He later blamed himself for Juve’s first league reverse of the season which left them in eighth and seven points behind leaders Napoli.

The 34-year-old will miss the visit of Bologna and Juve’s trip to champions AC Milan after the international break, in which he will take part in two pre-World Cup friendlies.

Jose Mourinho will miss Roma’s visit to his old team Inter Milan following his one-match suspension.

The Portuguese was banned for “entering the pitch in the 11th minute of the second half” of his team’s 1-0 home loss to Atalanta on Sunday and “ranting at a player from the opposing team”.

Roma had feared that Mourinho would be hit with as much as a three-match suspension after his vehement protests at referee Daniele Chiffi for not giving a penalty for a challenge on Nicolo Zaniolo.

Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic will also miss the clash at the San Siro after picking up his fifth booking of the season in his side’s 3-1 humbling at Udinese.

Croatia midfielder Brozovic is a key part of Simone Inzaghi’s side and will be a big miss for an Inter team who have lost three of their seven matches in the early part of the campaign.

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