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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Leonardo Bonucci 'hit rock bottom' with red card against Genoa, says AC Milan defender's mental coach

The AC Milan captain has been given a two-game ban for elbowing and will miss the clash against his former club Juventus and Wednesday's game against Chievo

AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci has been given a two-game ban for elbowing and will miss the clash against his former club Juventus, the Lega Serie A has confirmed.

The Italian international defender saw red for elbowing Genoa's Aleandro Rosi after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR) during Sunday's goalless draw.

The Lega Serie A found Bonucci guilty of "grave unsporting conduct" when he "hit the opposing player in the face with an elbow, causing physical damage".

Bonucci, 30, will miss the midweek trip to Chievo, but also the clash against Juventus at San Siro next weekend.

Bonucci's mental coach, Alberto Ferrarini, revealed earlier Monday that the defender had "hit rock bottom with his red card".

"All the attention he received from his move to Milan was beautiful, but it didn't do him any good," Ferrarini told Radio 24.

"With his red card yesterday [Sunday], he hit bottom, but now I'm convinced that there'll be a rebirth, as if one chapter was closed to open another. He's hungry about coming back stronger than before."

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic has been given a one-match ban for his two yellow cards against Udinese.

Napoli were fined €15,000 (Dh65,000) after fans threw flares at Inter Milan supporters in their 0-0 draw, while Inter were fined a total of €16,000 for an offensive banner, anti-Neapolitan chanting and a delay to the second half of that match.

Fiorentina were fined €2,000 after fans threw a smoke bomb onto the pitch while SPAL were fined €2,500 after a delay in the second half of their match.

Elsewhere, Benevento have fired manager Marco Baroni after becoming the first team in Serie A history to lose their first nine matches of the season.

The club announced that Baroni, 54, who led them out of Serie B last season and into the top flight for the first time, would be replaced by Roberto De Zerbi.

"The club thanks Baroni for his professionalism and the great emotions that he brought to Benevento football club, the fans and the city, with promotion to Serie A," the club said in a statement.

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Benevento set their unwanted record by losing 3-0 at home to Fiorentina on Sunday. They have scored only two goals in their nine games and conceded 22.

De Zerbi, 38, had two seasons in charge of Foggia, narrowly missing out on promotion. His only previous experience of coaching in SerieA was a three-month spell at Palermo last season.

Benevento are the second club this season to change manager after Cagliari, who they visit in their next league match on Wednesday.

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