Roma fail to overturn Destro suspension

The striker was retrospectively banned for allegedly striking Davide Astori during the Giallorossi's 3-1 win at the Sant'Elia on April 9

Roma's appeal against Mattia Destro's three-match suspension has been rejected by the Federal Court of Justice.

The 23-year-old forward was retrospectively banned after being caught on camera seemingly lashing out at Cagliari defender Davide Astori during the Giallorossi's 3-1 victory at the Sant'Elia on April 6.

Roma, though, promptly challenged the legitimacy of the suspension, claiming that the match official had witnessed the incident, for which Destro escaped any sanction yet resulted in a yellow card for his opponent's angry reaction.

“It is true that Mattia gave him a slap," Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia said last week, "but the referee saw everything, he whistled against him and normally the rule states that there can be no video evidence when the referee saw the situation."

However, the Federal Court of Justic upheld the three-game ban as the match official did not include Destro's alleged punch in his official report - only Astori's reaction to it.

Consequently, Destro, who sat out last weekend's win over Atalanta because of the mandatory one-match suspension he incurred for a yellow card he received for a separate incident against Cagliari, will now miss Roma's upcoming clashes with Fiorentina, AC Milan and Catania.

However, the attacker, who went on to net a hat-trick in the game at the Sant'Elia, will be available for the capital club's Stadio Olimpico showdown with Juventus on May 9 and his club's final league out of the season against Genoa the following weekend.

The failure to overturn the ban is a major blow for both the club and the player, as Destro is Roma's top scorer, with 13 goals, and his strong second half of the season had put him in contention for a place in Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.