Soccer: Fiorentina coach Montella banned, to miss key final game
Soccer Football – Serie A – Juventus v Fiorentina – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – April 20, 2019 Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella before the match. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
(Reuters) – Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella will miss the last match of the season against Genoa, which will determine whether his team will be relegated, following a two-game ban imposed by the league’s disciplinary committee on Tuesday.
The former AC Milan coach, who was sent off in Fiorentina’s 1-0 loss at Parma on Sunday, was banned for insulting the referees and for indirectly causing harm to a steward after punching an advertising hoarding.
There is a three-point gap between 15th-placed Fiorentina and Genoa in 18th.
Fiorentina, who have been sucked into a relegation battle after losing their last five league games, must avoid defeat at home to Genoa on Sunday to ensure their survival in Serie A.
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