Napoli appeal Edinson Cavani's three-game ban

Club lawyer defends Cavani's reaction toward referee as they appeal season-ending ban
Napoli will appeal the three-match ban handed to Edinson Cavani for patting the referee on the back after his sending off in the 2-1 loss to Lecce.

Cavani was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence and he will miss the rest of the season if the ban is upheld.

But, Azzurri lawyer Mattia Grassani confirmed they will appeal the stop as the challenge for a Champions League place continues.

Walter Mazzarri's men play Serie A giants Inter and Juventus in the final matches of the campaign, all the more reason for their appeal.

"Napoli will lodge an appeal," Grassani told Radio Crc.

"The referee’s report has come in and Valeri states Cavani went over to him after the red card, giving him two pats on the shoulder. ‘Well done, you couldn’t wait.’

"These are the words and the referee must obviously be trusted, but there is a question of interpretation.

"The Disciplinary Commission inflicted the ban because it thought the statement was ‘sarcastic and insolent.’

"I can understand the sarcastic part, but I really doubt they could be construed as insolent."

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