Zarate handed three match ban for Bologna brawl

Lazio forward Mauro Zarate has been banned for three matches by Italian authorities after he threw a ball at a player, accidentely punched the linesman, and was involved in a player brawl at Bologna.
The 23-year-old Zarate has been accused of throwing a ball at an opponent, spitting and throwing a punch. The incident started when Lazio’s Andre Dias was sent off with five minutes to go with his team trailing 2-1. When the final whistle blew Zarate threw a ball at Bologna’s Matteo Rubin before ending up in a brawl that saw him inadvertently punch the referee’s assistant. Zarate had been trying to strike Albin Ekdal but the blow landed elsewhere.
Edy Reja the Lazio coach told Sky Sport Italia that “We were provoked in the scuffle surrounding Dias. In these situations we should have reacted better as the confusion only helped to serve Bologna late in the game. I don’t understand why the opposition all had it in for Dias. Having coached him for over a year now I can declare he is not a violent player.”
It was no surprise that Bologna coach Alberto Malesani had a different take on matters saying that “Zarate also spat at Rubin. Gaston Ramirez needs X-rays for a fractured cheekbone from Dias in the first half. Diego Perez reacted to defend his team-mate, as did Gimenez before that red card. Perhaps Zarate was coming off a period of tension and he even spat at Rubin’s face after hitting him with the ball following the final whistle. Our Uruguayans are good people and mentally strong. It’s not right that all this chaos ruins a great performance and 3-1 victory.” Welcome Bonus Offer Betway

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