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By ESPN Staff
Sep 8, 2008

Maccarone handed three-match ban for ref rage

Siena striker Massimo Maccarone has been handed a three-match ban for abusing a referee during his side's 1-0 defeat to Atalanta on the opening day of the Serie A season.

The 28-year-old was sent off after Carmine Russo gave him a second yellow card for dissent.

"In the 85th minute, in the act that led to the sending off, Maccarone spoke to the game official using foul and abusive language," read a statement from the Italian Football League.

Maccarone will miss the league games against Cagliari, Lecce and Sampdoria.

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