Italian FA to investigate Eto'o headbutt

Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o is set for an almost certain suspension after Italian Football Federation bosses today asked to be shown TV evidence of the Cameroonian headbutting Chievo's Bostjan Cesar.

Eto'o escaped punishment for the butt -- reminiscent of France legend Zinedine Zidane's attack on Marco Materazzi during the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ final -- and even went on to score a consolation goal in the champions' 2-1 defeat. However the striker is now almost certain to face a two or three game ban when sporting judge Giampaolo Tosel gives his verdict tomorrow.

Referee's president Marcello Nicchi today defended Rocchi for missing the incident, stating that such things can happen.

"It was probably a moment of relaxation and we were caught by surprise," he said. "The play was stopped and obviously in this moment there was relaxation.

"Eto'o's was an ugly act, there's no use hiding it. I'm very disappointed. Eto'o is a great professional and a wonderful player, I honestly don't know what could have gone through his head."