Lazio's Zarate banned for three games for brawl

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MILAN (Reuters) -- Lazio striker Mauro Zarate was banned for three Serie A games on Monday for hurling a ball at an opponent and being involved in a brawl at the end of Sunday's 3-1 loss at Bologna.

The defeat hit fourth-placed Lazio's hopes of the scudetto and the loss of Zarate, linked in the media with Juventus, will further complicate their title bid in the coming weeks with defender Andre Dias also banned for their next game.

Serie A's weekly disciplinary statement made sorry reading for champions Inter Milan too with Cristian Chivu, Dejan Stankovic and Ivan Cordoba ruled out of Sunday's game with Palermo after bookings in last weekend's 3-1 loss at Udinese.