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Apr 1, 2013

Cambiasso suspended for one match

Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has been handed a one-match ban following his challenge on Sebastian Giovinco during the 2-1 defeat to Juventus on Saturday.

Cambiasso was dismissed late on at the San Siro for lunging at the forward's ankle, earning the first red card of his career in the process.

Despite the reckless nature of the tackle, the Lega Calcio confirmed on its website on Monday that the Argentina international will only have to sit out one match.

Cambiasso apologised to Giovinco immediately on the pitch before visiting the Juve player in his dressing room after the game had finished.

"My past speaks for itself,'' he told Inter Channel. "They also understood the situation immediately. Then in addition to what happened on the pitch, I immediately went to the Juve dressing room to check up on his condition, which I knew wasn't the best after my foul.

"Luckily, he wasn't in bad shape. I think you can study my history and see that I've never had the intention to hurt anyone. I hope he recovers quickly and is back on the pitch soon - better still if it's in Europe right away.

"Anyone who has played the game knows that if your intention is to hurt someone you go in higher up, and I believe everyone understood there was no ill intent there. I came in recklessly. I'm not going to tell you I didn't. But I think they understood it wasn't my intention.''

The defeat leaves Inter seventh in Serie A, ten points off the Champions League spots.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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