D'Alessandro ban reduced to five matches

RIO DE JANEIRO - Argentine midfielder Andres D'Alessandro's 60-day suspension for attempted aggression and unsporting conduct was reduced to five matches on Friday, his Brazilian club Internacional said. The former River Plate, VfL Wolfsburg, Real Zaragoza and Argentina midfielder was suspended a month ago for his poor behaviour during the second leg of the Copa Brasil final against Corinthians on July 1. Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Sports Justice reduced the suspension on appeal, Inter said on the club's official website. D'Alessandro, reacting to being sent off, chased Corinthians captain William around the pitch throwing punches in the air but did not make contact. "He had two chances to hit his adversary but didn't. You can't punish a player who punched and kicked the air with 60 days," Inter's lawyer Daniel Cravo was quoted as saying by local media. D'Alessandro, who has played during the appeal period and scored in Inter's 3-0 win over Sport Recife on Monday, will miss Brazilian championship matches with Santo Andre, Corinthians, leaders Palmeiras, Santos and Goias before returning against Atletico Mineiro on September 2.