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Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo reportedly punched teammate in the face

Brooks Peck
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Pablo Osvaldo has been fined and suspended for what Roma general manager Franco Baldini described as "a lack of respect ... to one of his teammates" after Friday's 2-0 loss to Udinese. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Osvaldo was apparently angry that fellow Argentine Erik Lamela did not pass to him during the match. So, once they returned to the dressing room, a kerfuffle ensued.

From the AFP:

After the match, he punched his compatriot in the face following an argument during which Lamela threw a plastic bottle at Osvaldo, according to reports.

Italian press claim Osvaldo will be fined and suspended for 10 days, meaning he will miss the match against Fiorentina next weekend.

Both players issued apologies to the team on Sunday. But why did Osvaldo get so bent out of shape over such a silly matter? My guess is lingering bitterness over his disallowed golazo last week.

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