Roma handed 3-0 loss for using ineligible player

September 23, 2020
Verona’s Federico Dimarco and Roma’s Rick Karsdorp (right) compete for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Roma at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Verona’s Federico Dimarco and Roma’s Rick Karsdorp (right) compete for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Roma at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday, September 19, 2020.

ROME (AP):

Roma were issued a 3-0 loss to Hellas Verona by Serie A's disciplinary judge yesterday for using an ineligible player.

The match - the league opener for both teams - ended 0-0 on Saturday.

Midfielder Amadou Diawara started the match but was not listed on Roma's 25-man team list. Diawara, who turned 23 in July, was no longer eligible for Roma Under-22s like last season.

The game was Roma's first under new owners, after the Texas-based Friedkin Group took control of the club from fellow American James Pallotta last month.

Also, Verona coach Ivan Juric was fined 5,000 euros (nearly $6,000) for having "inferred directions to his team on multiple occasions", even though he was suspended for the match.

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