Edin Dzeko: AS Roma star in hot water after spitting incident during 7-1 Coppa Italia mauling at Fiorentina


The capital club were humbled 7-1 in their quarter-final clash in Florence, where Dzeko was shown a straight red card in the 72nd minute for dissent.

Videos and still images of the incident appear to show the 32-year-old Bosnia international, who was a second-half substitute, spitting at official Gianluca Manganiello.

The referee will confirm his reasons for expelling former Manchester City forward Dzeko in his match report and, as Roma's cup campaign is now over, the resulting suspension will carry over to Serie A according to Italian Football Federation rules.

Giallorossi boss Eusebio Di Francesco described the rout in Tuscany as a "shameful performance", personally apologising to supporters for the result in a statement on the club's official website.

However, he confirmed he won't be resigning despite their underwhelming 2018/19 season thus far, despite calls for his exit from the club's supporters in recent weeks.

I Giallorossi host AC Milan in their next Serie A outinh on Sunday evening.