November 26, 2019 / 5:25 PM / 18 days ago

Cagliari keeper Olsen banned for four matches for brawl

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Napoli v Cagliari - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - September 25, 2019 Cagliari's Robin Olsen celebrates winning the match REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

MILAN (Reuters) - Cagliari goalkeeper Robin Olsen has been banned for four matches for brawling with Lecce forward Gianluca Lapadula, who himself has been suspended for two games, Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal said on Tuesday.

The trouble flared in Monday’s match when Lapadula converted an 83rd-minute penalty to cut Cagliari’s lead to 2-1 and then rushed to grab the ball out of the net.

Sweden international Olsen got there first and hoofed the ball away, prompting an angry remonstration from Lapadula.

Olsen then shoved Lapadula with his shoulder, Lapadula appeared to headbutt Olsen on the chin and then Olsen pushed Lapadula to the ground before also falling over, clutching his face. Both players were sent off.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal said that Olsen also insulted the fourth official as he left the field. Lecce later grabbed an equaliser and the game ended 2-2.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis

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