Italy set to face Sweden without Totti

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Italian striker Francesco Totti has been banned for three games by UEFA after TV replays caught him spitting at Denmark's Christian Poulsen.

Porto:

Following Italy's 0-0 draw with Denmark, Italian striker Francesco Totti has been banned for three games by UEFA after TV replays caught him spitting at Denmark's Christian Poulsen. Totti had a poor game on the whole. He also got a yellow card for a vicious tackle on a Danish defender. However the spitting incident could get him a bigger penalty. The last player to have been found guilty of that offence was suspended for eight games. Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni may now be forced into making a significant change after Totti's ban, but in truth the Roma star has failed to live up to expectations in the last two tournaments for the Azzurri. He scored twice in six matches at Euro 2000 when Italy lost to France in the final and he failed to find the net at the World Cup two years ago. Totti's nightmare in Asia ended with a red card for diving in the shock second round defeat to co-hosts South Korea. Andrea Pirlo, a key figure in AC Milan's championship winning team last season, is likely to get the nod to replace Totti.
(With PTI inputs)

Topics : Football
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