Nine-man AS Roma may have won the battle against relegated Bari on Sunday, with Aleandro Rosi scoring the final goal in stoppage time of a 3-2 thriller, but the club may have lost the ultimate war. Both Simone Perrotta and Daniele De Rossi were shown red cards during the match, and unless they appeal successfully, will miss the last three games of the Serie A season.
While it appeared that DDR's hot temper had cooled down a bit -- after all, De Rossi had not been sent off since December, against Chievo Verona -- apparently the midfielder grew frustrated when he was unable to deter Simone Bentivoglio with a shirt tug, and decided an elbow to the side of the head would resolve the problem. It appears that De Rossi will never learn (hello, punching Dmytro Chygrynskiy during the Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk apparently didn't put a damper on his temper...possibly because he was never punished), and now Roma must learn to play without him.
As for Perrotta, his red may have been a little harsh, but when you punch someone off the ball, it's a straight red, irregardless of how hard you happen to hit Andrea Masiello. Then again, maybe Perrotta had seen DDR go unpunished and thought, hey, why not? Whatever the not-so-rational players were thinking on Sunday, it will likely be of little help to Roma as they pursue a Champions League position. Both Perrotta and De Rossi have played upwards of 20 matches, and having to rework the midfield for the last three matches is certainly not going to make Vincenzo Montella's job any easier.