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Bari striker bitten by opponent, sent off for protesting

Monday, August 25, 2014

Avellino forward Gianmario Comi escaped without punishment during Sunday's Coppa Italia tie despite being accused of biting Bari striker Giuseppe De Luca, who was sent off for his furious reaction.

Footage shows Comi appearing to bite De Luca around ten minutes into the second-half as Avellino prepared to take a free-kick.

However, the incident was not seen by the referee, who instead decided to show a red card to De Luca for his furious protests.

To add insult to injury, Comi then went on to equalise for Avellino before his side won the third round clash 2-1.

Speaking after the game, Bari President Gianluca Paparesta told the club's official website: "We (Bari) don't want controversy, but we want to draw attention to incidents such as Comi's bite on De Luca.

"Bari deserves respect, like all clubs.

"I will continue to work because the public and players have to act in the correct way, no one should think of coming here and doing as they want.

"That said, compliments to Avellino on reaching the next round."

Bari then published the photo of the damage done to De Luca's arm, and there is a clear red mark below his bicep.

De Luca added: "I was wrong to react and apologise to everyone for having left the team down to 10 men.

"I never would've expected to be bitten by an opponent. Some violent tackles are part of the sport, but vile and cowardly actions like biting or spitting must not be tolerated."

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