ROME - AS Roma steadied their shaky season
with a 2-0 Serie A win over Lecce on Saturday but angry captain
Francesco Totti will miss next week's derby with high-flying
Lazio after being sent off.
The striker was harshly dismissed after clashing
off-the-ball with Lecce's Ruben Olivera, who was also
red-carded, before having to be restrained by security guards on
the touchline after going ballistic at the referee and others.
The double dismissal came straight after Mirko Vucinic had
expertly scored the home side's second 14 minutes from time and
then refused to celebrate with fellow forward Marco Borriello
following a minor spat earlier.
Argentina defender Nicolas Burdisso deservedly headed Roma
in front midway through the second half having cleared a Lecce
effort off the line in the first period.
Up-for-sale Roma have endured a series of flashpoints this
term but climbed into the top half of the table to boost their
confidence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League trip to Basel,
who won at the Stadio Olimpico earlier this month.
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