Lazio defender Patric has escaped a lengthy ban after being handed just a four-match suspension by the Serie A disciplinary committee.
Apart from the four games, the player has been handed a fine of $11,300 after biting Lecce defender Giulio Donati on the left arm in Lazio's 2-1 loss on Tuesday night.
The league’s disciplinary decision on Wednesday noted that the bite was caught by the VAR, and that it did not cause any injury to Donati.
Donati speaking after the game said that he had forgiven the player for the incident. “He did nothing to me and apologized straight after, so bear that in mind.
“I also live with emotions so I understand Patric why, in such a hard-fought game, did what he did. Patric apologized straight after. His gesture was rightfully punished with a red, but it didn’t do me any harm,” he said.
It was expected that the player would receive a lengthy ban after the same incident saw Luiz Suarez banned for ten games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic when he played for Liverpool.
The Uruguayan forward was also suspended for nine international games for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.
The ban means the defender will miss Lazio’s upcoming Serie A matches against Sassuolo, Udinese and Cagliari, plus the potential title decider with Juventus.