Cagliari forward Joao Pedro given 4-match ban for stamp

Roma's Kostas Manolas and Cagliari's Joao Pedro, right, vie for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari, at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

CAGLIARI, Italy — Cagliari forward Joao Pedro has been issued a four-match ban for simulation and stamping on Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa.

Joao Pedro was sent off in stoppage time of Cagliari’s 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina on Friday in Serie A after stomping on Chiesa’s foot, and was given a three-match ban for that incident.

The Brazilian was banned for another match because he received his fifth yellow card of the season for diving in the penalty area.

The 25-year-old Joao Pedro will miss Cagliari’s league matches against Atalanta, Juventus, AC Milan, and Crotone.

Cagliari is 16th in the 20-team league, two points above the relegation zone.

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