Simulation gets Strootman two-match ban

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has received a two-match ban from Lega Serie A for his dive which earned a penalty in their derby defeat to Lazio on Sunday.

The Dutchman conned the referee in first-half stoppage time when he went to ground as Biancocelesti defender Wallace went in to make a challenge.

Daniel De Rossi converted from the spot to level the score at 1-1, although Simone Inzaghi's scored twice more in the second half to seal a 3-1 win at Stadio Olimpico.

Italian football's governing body decided to take stringent action after stating that Strootman's "seriously unsporting behaviour in the incident which saw a penalty awarded"  had the match official deceived by his "unnatural turn and relative fall to the floor which could in no instance be caused by the attempts by Lazio's player Wallace to intervene."

The statement added: "This fully fulfils the criteria for the application of article 35, 1.3, for unsporting behaviour, being as it was seriously unsporting behaviour, clearly not seen by the referee, and in particular an evident simulation from which a penalty was awarded."

The Netherlands international will be forced to sit out the Serie A encounters with AC Milan and Juventus, but will be available for the final two games of the season against Chievo and Genoa.

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