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Tuesday December 11 2012
Bonucci banned after dive

Leonardo Bonucci has been fined and banned for one match after his yellow card for simulation during Juventus’ League match at Palermo.

The defender was booked during the Bianconeri’s 1-0 win at the Renzo Barbera for a dive taken in the penalty area.

Apologising afterwards, the Italy international has now faced action from the Italian game’s governing body, for what also proved to be his eighth yellow card of the season already.

Bonucci was already on a warning for previous conduct in the season and has now been hit by the FIGC’s disciplinary committee with a €2,000 fine and a one-game suspension.

A total of 11 further players have been banned for a single match for cards picked up during Week 16’s round of action: Kozak (Lazio), Morganella (Palermo), Almiron (Catania), Cavanda (Lazio), Cuadrado and Olivera (Fiorentina), Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Kucka and Sampirisi (Genoa), Pinilla (Cagliari), Sorensen (Bologna).

However, Ruben Olivera has had a further three games added to his automatic ban for accumulated yellows, after video evidence was used to prosecute his deliberate stamp on Miralem Pjanic that was otherwise unseen by the match officials.

This is one of the first cases of use of video evidence like this in Italy, as it punishes the Fiorentina man for the second stage of a single action that for the first stage he was sanctioned in-game for.

Meanwhile, several more have been warned of future conduct: Britos and Pandev (Napoli), Masiello (Torino), Conti and Cossu (Cagliari), Lucarelli (Parma), Roncaglia and Rodriguez (Fiorentina), Cesar (Chievo Verona), Drame (Chievo Verona), Seymour (Genoa), Zaccardo (Parma), Lichtsteiner (Juventus).

For various chants from their fans over the weekend, Inter have been handed a €10,000 fine, Roma and Pescara €4,000 fines and Lazio a €1,000 fine.

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