Lazio’s Paolo Di Canio has been given a one-match suspension for making a fascist salute to fans during a match last weekend.
Di Canio was also fined €10,000 by the Italian Football League. The 37-year-old forward will miss Lazio’s match at Lecce on Wednesday.
“It was a political sentence, it was an unjust decision,” Di Canio told a Rome radio station.
“My gesture has nothing to do with political ideologies.”
Italian papers ran photos on Dec. 12 showing Di Canio with his arm outstretched as he was being substituted during the second half of Lazio’s 2-1 loss to Livorno the previous day.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito said his club will appeal against the fine.