Javier Chevanton, Lecce’s Uruguayan striker has been given a five match ban by the Italian football federation after his sending off against Sampdoria last weekend. Firstly, lets take a look at the case for the prosecution. 37 minutes into the first-half of last Sunday’s game, Chevanton went down inside the visitors penalty area in what looked like a clear foul, the referee, Gabriele Gava, waved away the players frantic appeals and play continued. Moments later Chevanton lunged into a tackle on former Lecce favourite Guido Marilungo, referee Gava deemed this to be serious foul play and produced a red card.
In his frustration, Chevanton threw his shirt to the ground in front of the match official and then stormed off the field.
Following the referees match report, the authorities decided to slap a five game ban on the little striker, something which seems to have astonished club President Pierandrea Semeraro. “We expected a ban of course but not one of this proportion” were the comments uttered by the patron on Tuesday afternoon when news of the sanctions were revealed, “we will certainly challenge the decision“ were his conclusions. Salentini coach Luigi De Canio, then waded in with his response to the ban imposed on his player “Chevanton has realised the error that he has made, but a five game suspension makes no sense as he only threw his shirt to the ground, a one game ban is what should have been received“.
Chevanton himself immediately informed the club’s official website of how sorry he was for letting his team down stating that “I am very sorry for leaving the squad with an inferior number of players but I do not think that the foul on Marilungo merited a red card“. He then issued a brief apology to match referee Gava, “I wish to express my regret to Signore Gava in regard to my actions following my sending off”
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