De Rossi will be fined, says Baldini

Roma's general manager has stated the midfielder could pay a hefty price for punching Stefano Mauri in Sunday's Rome derby defeat
Franco Baldini has revealed that Daniele De Rossi will face a fine after his red card against Lazio.

The 29-year-old was sent off for punching Stefano Mauri, as Roma fell to a 3-2 defeat to their great rivals, and after Cesare Prandelli left the midfielder out of the Italy squad because of his actions, further sanctions look set to follow.

"The club’s position is clear. In these cases, we will fine the player based on how long they are suspended for,” Baldini told Football Italia.

“I spoke to Daniele before the game and he wanted to do well. He was really determined to achieve a positive result and seeing Lazio fight back to go in front must have brought this reaction out of him."

Baldini was also quick to play down an alleged rift between Zdenek Zeman and Miralem Pjanic, following speculation that the midfielder shouted insults towards the coach after he scored.

“Pjanic was not angry at Zeman. This squad is made up of over 22 players and everyone has to compete for a place. The lad clarified the situation and there is nothing to discuss," he explained.

“It is normal that someone has to be left out and that they will react to it, as they care about the cause. Pjanic is an exemplary professional and we will leave it at that.”