So Adriano has been retrospectively banned for 2 matches on video evidence for his shameless/shameful dive on Wednesday. He flung himself to the ground like a man taking cover in a trench, his contact with Doni as substantial as his own contact with the ascetic lifestyle of the Benedictine order. The quote from the giudice sportive made it clear that they considered it a clear attempt to cheat the referee and that they wanted none of it. Inter have appealed, of course, but there seems to be a lot of support for the ban. I for one think it's a great idea. There's far too much diving in Serie A (even sad to say amongst the giallorossi) and any measures which can effectively tackle it are welcome. Who knows whether it will a) stand b) be the dawn of a new refereeing era or c) have any real effect. Nonetheless it can only be considered a step in the right direction and as such is to be applauded.
Inter of course have taken the opportunity to give full reign to their victim complex, and are moaning loudly. And to make sure that there's no real suggestion of victimisation we need to see similar punishments being doled out, consistently across the division as needed. And of course the issue of what you can & can't use video evidence for does arise: should it only be for things the ref missed, i.e. correcting errors of omission, or should it be for errors of commission too, correcting things he saw but got wrong? Doubtless controversy will bumble on for a bit. In the meantime, Inter may be appealing but Interisti across the land are doubtless celebrating the suspension with vigour.