Melo hit with five match ban

MILAN - Fiorentina's Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo has been banned for five matches after fighting with Cagliari's Diego Lopez in the tunnel at the weekend, the Italian league said in a statement on Tuesday.

Uruguayan Lopez has been given the same suspension for Saturday's incident, which happened after Champions League-chasing Fiorentina's 2-1 home win.

Sixth-placed AS Roma's bid for the fourth Champions League qualifying spot has also suffered a blow with news that defender Philippe Mexes will be banned for three games for his red card in Saturday's 4-2 defeat by city rivals Lazio.