Italian Serie A

Fiorentina's Felipe Melo banned for five games

April 14, 2009

Fiorentina's Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo has been banned for five matches after fighting with Cagliari's Diego Lopez in the tunnel at the weekend, the Italian league said in a statement on Tuesday.

Uruguayan Lopez has been given the same suspension for Saturday's incident, which happened after Champions League-chasing Fiorentina's 2-1 home win.

Sixth-placed AS Roma's bid for the fourth Champions League qualifying spot has also suffered a blow with news that defender Philippe Mexes will be banned for three games for his red card in Saturday's 4-2 defeat by city rivals Lazio.