Knockout For Inter's Cristian Chivu As He Gets Four-Match Ban For Marco Rossi Punch

Posted by admin on Friday, 4 February 2011

Four-match suspension for fist-throwing Chivu following Bari-Inter clash.
Inter defender Cristian Chivu's right hook on Bari's Marco Rossi has landed him the knockout punch he didn't want as he receives a four-match ban.

The Romanian escaped punishment on the pitch, and despite his tearful apology after the game, Italy's sports judge Giampaolo Tosel used TV footage from the match to reach his decision.

An extract of the statement released by the disciplinary panel reads:

"Having examined the television images of the Bari - Inter game, the gesture from the Inter player was intentional and potentially damaging given the delicate area of the body he hit. The conclusion beyond all reasonable doubt is one of violent conduct."

Chivu misses games against Roma, Juventus, Cagliari and Sampdoria.