Italy's De Rossi gets 4-game ban
Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi was slapped with a four-match World Cup suspension by FIFA's disciplinary committee on Friday.
De Rossi elbowed American striker Brian McBride in the face during the 1-1 draw between Italy and the United States on Saturday.
The referee gave De Rossi a red card on the play and he was sent off the field. McBride's injury required three stitches.
"I'm sorry for him, that he's got to miss four matches, but that's what we expected," said Giancarlo Abete, the head of Italy's World Cup delegation.
Along with his suspension, De Rossi was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($9,000). He is only eligible to return to this World Cup should the Italians advance to the final.
Italy has no plans to appeal the ban. Theirnext match is a round-of-16 game versus Australia on Monday.
"We hope he plays again [at the World Cup] — for his part, and also selfishly, for the rest of us," said Abete.
De Rossi wasn't the only player to receive a suspension stemming from the Italy-U.S. game.
American defender Pablo Mastroeni was issued a three-game ban and fined 7,500 Swiss francs ($6,800)Friday for a two-footed tackle on Italy's Andrea Pirlo late in the first half.
Mastroeniwon't serve the suspension at the World Cup since the U.S. was eliminated from the tournament on Thursday following a 2-1 loss to Ghana.
With files from Associated Press