Footballer banned for urinating towards fans

Giovanni Liberti (L) joined Turris at the start of the 2017-18 Serie D season Source: @CapaMagSpor (Twitter)

Italian footballer Giovanni Liberti has been suspended five matches for urinating towards opposition fans.

Liberti, currently playing for non-league side Turris, received the lengthy ban after making the offence during a stoppage in a 3-3 draw against Sarnese.

The Serie D disciplinary body said that the 21-year-old "urinated in the direction of the away section, making obscene and vulgar gestures, while showing his genital organ."

Club president Antonio Colantonio insists "Liberti absolutely did not do what is alleged" and that the club will appeal the ban.

"There's a fountain near the wall and the player ... was drinking and adjusting his shirt which, by regulation, should be inside his shorts," Colantonio said.

"The visiting club confirmed to us that our player did not do anything that has been alleged."

Another Serie D player was also banned for five matches.

Frattese's Francesco Ferrieri of Frattese was sanctioned for kicking, punching and slapping the Nardo masseur while the match was stopped for fighting in the stands between the two sets of supporters.

Source AAP