Lazio defender Patric has been banned for four matches and fined €10,000 for biting Lecce's Giulio Donati, Serie A announced Wednesday.

Patric lowered his head and sunk his teeth into Donati's arm during stoppage time of Tuesday's 2-1 win for relegation-threatened Lecce. The result left Lazio seven points adrift of league-leading Juventus after 31 matches.

It was widely expected Patric would receive tougher punishment for the incident. Before the four-game ban was confirmed, The Associated Press said the bite could've been deemed more serious than usual given the sanitary concerns spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.