Missing out on the World Cup has hit the Italians more than it would most.
It looks like Roma’s Daniele De Rossi may be still be fuming, or he just momentarily lost his cool against Genoa yesterday.
Eitherway he has been a very silly boy.
Serie A is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons we have seen in years with five plausible title challengers.
Napoli are leading the way and when the Romans went to Genoa they would’ve known a result was imperative.
De Rossi did not help the cause.
With Roma leading 1-0 and facing a Genoa corner in the 70th minute, all De Rossi had to do was mark Gianluca Lapadula sensibly.
Instead De Rossi began by grabbing a handful of the Genoa’s striker shirt and followed it up with a moment of madness.
De Rossi’s left hand had the former Milan striker by the collar and as Lapadula pulled away the Italy player slapped him in the face.
The referee employed the VAR system and quickly came to a decision to hand De Rossi a red card.
Lapadula slotted the resulting penalty and Roma had to settle for a point down to 10-men.
The result was compounded as Napoli sneaked past Udinese 1-0 and Juventus and Inter both won.
De Rossi’s teammates will surely be having words as his indiscipline has left them in fourth place, seven points behind the men from Naples.
Keep it together next time, Daniele.