Lazio Fined, Loses Olimpico For European Competition As Woes Continue To Grow

UDINE, ITALY - APRIL 29: Referee Mauro Bergonzi gives a red card to André Dias of Lazio after Roberto Pereyra scored during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and SS Lazio at Stadio Friuli on April 29, 2012 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

With three matches left in Serie A, Lazio will need a miracle to overcome suspensions, injuries, and off-field woes and reclaim a European position.

Lazio may still be clinging to third place, but they're spiraling downward at a rate that is causing AS Roma fans to giggle in glee. Top of the table in the fall, the biancocelesti are now dealing with injuries, coughing up money for fines, sending players to the stands on suspension, and even losing their stadium.

Sure, Lazio will likely play in the Stadio Olimpico for domestic competition next season, but after failing to come to terms on a lease, the club has lost out on the chance to use the stadium for European competition -- either Champions League or Europa. Of course, at the rate they're going, Lazio might even lose out on European play altogether.

In addition to the rash of injuries hitting the club -- those to Hernanes and Miroslav Klose are probably the most significant -- the Aquile will now be without first-choice goalkeeper Federico Marchetti and defender Andre Dias for the rest of the season. The players were both involved in the brawl that occurred at the Friuli, with Lazio players expressing their dismay at the fact that Roberto Pereyra's game-ending goal had not been disallowed. Marchetti took his anger out on referee Mauro Bergonzi, pushing him in the back and earning a four-game suspension.

Lazio have also been fined €20,000 for the episode at Udinese.

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