Ante Rebić’s disqualification has been reduced and he will be eligible for Saturday – if he’s fit enough.
Rebić was handed a two-match band “for having, at the 47th minute, disrespectful expressions addressed to the referee” in the match against Napoli on March 14.
There were rumours online that Ante offended family members of referee Fabrizio Pasqua, but the lawyers of the Red and Black club saw the report filled by the referee at the end of the match, in which the exact words of Rebić were written, and chose to go to court and appeal the decision of the Sporting Judge.
On Monday the club learned that they’ve won their appeal and that Ante’s two-match ban has been uplifted. Instead, the Croatian got a one-match ban (which he already served against Fiorentina) and a €15,000 fine. As a result, he should be available to face Sampdoria on Saturday.
The work now is to get the forward ready physically for the Samp match. In the last few days he didn’t train with the rest of the group as he’s still recovering from a hip inflammation, but there is a good chance that he’ll be able to play on Saturday and give a hand to the squad of Stefano Pioli, who will be looking to get on a new winning streak following the international break.
Alessio Romagnoli, Davide Calabria, Rafael Leão and Mario Mandžukić are all also out injured and it remains to be seen if any of them will be able to return against Sampdoria.