Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi has been given a two-game suspension following his red card in the 3-0 loss to Bologna.

As announced in an official Lega Serie A statement yesterday, the 33-year-old Italian defender was given a red card in the match against the Rossoblu, first receiving a yellow card for a foul before receiving his marching orders following excessive protests at referee Davie Massa’s decision.

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The sporting judge’s decision arrived yesterday and they’ve decided to suspend Acerbi for two matches, meaning that he will miss Lazio’s upcoming league games against Inter and Hellas Verona.

Below is the official justification given by Lega Serie A:

For protesting towards the match officials (first sanction); for having on 31st minute of the second half, at the moment of the booking, addressed insulting and offensive statements to the match official.

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The suspension of Acerbi will be a blow to Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri, who has started the 33-year-old Italian defender in every game so far this season across both Serie A and the Europa League.

The player is currently a part of the Azzurri setup ahead of this evening’s UEFA Nations League semi-finals against Spain.