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Roma forward Dzeko given 2-match ban for insulting ref

Udinese v AS Roma - Serie A

UDINE, ITALY - NOVEMBER 24: Edin Dzeko of AS Roma looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese and AS Roma at Stadio Friuli on November 24, 2018 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

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ROME (AP) Roma forward Edin Dzeko has been given a two-match Italian Cup ban and fined $11,500 following his dismissal against Fiorentina on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Dzeko was shown a straight red card in the 72nd minute after arguing with referee Gianluca Manganiello.

Videos and still images of the incident in the Italian Cup quarterfinal appeared to show the Bosnia-Herzegovina international spitting at Manganiello but there was no mention of that in the referee’s report.

Dzeko has been banned “for having protested against a refereeing decision and, having approached the referee with a threatening attitude, used seriously offensive language towards him.”

The ban will apply to Roma’s Italian Cup matches next season as the capital club lost 7-1 at Fiorentina.