Inter midfielder Melo banned for three games for head kick

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Inter Milan midfielder Felipe Melo has been banned for three games for kicking an opponent in the head.

The Brazilian, who had already conceded a penalty, was sent off towards the end of Inter’s 2-1 home defeat to Lazio on Sunday after clouting Lazio’s Lucas Biglia in the side of his face with a high boot.

Melo was subsequently hit with a hefty suspension by Lega Serie A, who on Tuesday charged him with violent conduct – namely “voluntarily striking an opponent with a kick above shoulder height”.

The ban rules the former Galatasaray player out of January trips to Empoli and Atalanta, and the intervening meeting with Sassuolo at San Siro.

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