NAPLES ITALY - JANUARY 26: Ezequiel Lavezzi of SSC Napoli shows his dejection after missing the penalty during the Tim Cup match between SSC Napoli and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio San Paolo on January 26 2011 in Naples Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Although Napoli triumphed 2-0 against Roma on Saturday to keep their scudetto hopes alive thanks to a brace by Edinson Cavani, their victory came at a cost. Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has earned himself a three match ban for 'spitting' at Aleandro Rosi (the footage of the incident is somewhat* dubious). The first-half spitting incident was the capper for feisty match which featured nine yellow cards along with a few more phantom ones, which might have seen both Andrea Dossena and Marco Casetti sent off for second, third, and fourth bookable offences had the referee been a little less lenient.
Anyway, the purported exchange of bodily fluids between Lavezzi and Rosi (who was definitely not an innocent party in the whole affair) has earned the former a three match ban, meaning that he'll miss Napoli's critical trip to the San Siro to square off against league leaders AC Milan. Lavezzi is key to Napoli's a three-pronged attack, and although the club's purchase of Guiseppe Mascara has given them some attacking cover life without their Argentine wizard up front.
*Somewhat being stretched to its most strenuous limits here.