Juventus midfielder Sergio Romero has been banned from playing football for six months after his team-mate was caught using a cheap laptop in training.
Romero was sent home from training with the club on Tuesday, just before his team beat Atalanta 2-0 to finish runners-up in Serie A.
The decision was made after an investigation by the club’s disciplinary committee, which said Romero had used a cheap Lenovo laptop while training on Tuesday and on Wednesday.
The Italian midfielder was sent back to his team after the match but it was not immediately clear what disciplinary action his team had taken.
In a statement, Juventus said the decision had been made after the disciplinary committee of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and the Football Association of Italy (FAI) examined the case and concluded that the actions of the player did not amount to a breach of disciplinary rules.
A statement from the FIGC said the disciplinary action was taken after the player submitted a complaint of inappropriate conduct to the FIGCs technical committee on Tuesday.
It added that the investigation also found that the player had “serious misconduct” that could have been punished by the FIGs disciplinary committee.
Romeros first-team squad member Andrea Pirlo, a striker who joined Juventus in 2015, is also among those banned for six-months, although he is due to be released from his contract after the start of the new season.
The FIGC statement said it had given the disciplinary body the opportunity to meet with the player, Pirlos representatives and the player’s representatives on Thursday to try to reach a solution.