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Football: Roma fail in appeal against Destro ban

Roma have seen their appeal to overturn a three-match ban inflicted on striker Mattia Destro turned down after the Italian federation upheld the punishment for catching an opponent in the face with his hand. The 23-year-old striker bagged a hat-trick during Roma's 3-1 win at Cagliari on April 6 but fell victim to trial by television following a request by the disciplinary commission of the federation.

Football: Hat-trick hero Destro hit with four-game ban

Roma striker Mattia Destro was handed a four-game ban by league officials on Tuesday, ending a dream weekend in which the Italy World Cup hopeful scored a hat-trick for the Giallorossi. Destro claimed all three goals in Roma's 3-1 away to Cagliari on Sunday but fell victim to trial by television following a request by the disciplinary commission of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

Soccer-Destro confirmed out for two months with knee injury

ROME, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Striker Mattia Destro will be out of action for two months after an operation on his injured knee, Roma confirmed on Saturday. "Mattia Destro underwent surgery on his left knee at Villa Margherita today," the Serie A club said on their website (asroma.it). "The operation...lasted 20 minutes and was a complete success. The recovery period is expected to be approximately eight weeks."

Soccer-Roma striker Destro to have knee surgery

ROME, Jan 25 (Reuters) - AS Roma could be without striker Mattia Destro for as long as two months after the club said the knee injury he picked up in midweek was worse than initially thought. The 22-year-old suffered strains to his right ankle and left knee during Roma's 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the first leg of the Italian Cup semi-final on Wednesday, but tests by club doctors revealed more significant damage to his knee.
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