Kevin Strootman will be available for Roma’s upcoming fixtures against Milan and Juventus after his 2 match suspension for simulation was overturned on appeal.
The club’s general director Mauro Baldissoni, lawyer Antonio Conte and Strootman himself attended the hearing on Friday morning before leaving the court as they deliberated their decision. The court then decided in the early afternoon that Roma had sufficient evidence for the suspension to be overturned and revoked the 2 match ban.
“Reviewing TV evidence is always permissible if the referee has seen a particular incident but didn’t notice the simulation. However, the law states that this simulation must be the evidence itself, i.e. that the player’s simulation has, in no way, been caused by the behaviour of an opponent,” a statement from the court read. “In this case, it cannot be said that Strootman’s fall to the floor wasn’t caused by Cataldi grabbing his shirt first, which itself was assessed by the Giudice Sportivo as “one of the reasons that caused the referee to send off Cataldi”. As Roma correctly pointed out, it is impossible to deny the fact that this incident was a case of cause and effect.”
Roma’s management – as well as the supporters – celebrated the news, and president James Pallotta told La Repubblica that “Baldissoni and Gandini have done a great job. I am very grateful that the court have shown themselves to be open minded.”
Antonio Conte, the lawyer who represented Roma, tweeted that “It was a privilege for me to defend Roma and to give Kevin back to the squad for their next two decisive fixtures. Honour.”