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Victor Osimhen slammed 2-match ban after red card

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Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, will miss his team’s next two Serie A matches after he was sent off on the opening day of action at Venezia.

Osimhen was sent off early in the home clash against newly promoted Venezia for what looked like punching his marker.

Osimhen was sent off just 23 minutes into the 2-0 win over Venezia for striking out at Daan Heymans as they waited for a set play.

It has been described in the official report as ‘voluntarily striking an opposition player with a slap to the face while the ball was at a distance.’

The Nigeria international has been given a two-match Serie A ban, plus a €5,000 fine.

That means he will miss games against Genoa and Juventus.

Handed one-match suspensions in the top flight following red cards in Week 1 are Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski, Verona midfielder Miguel Veloso, Bologna pair Jerdy Schouten and Roberto Soriano, Roma star Nicolò Zaniolo and Salernitana’s Stefan Strandberg.

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