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Ribéry banned for 3 matches for pushing assistant referee

October 28, 2019 GMT
Lazio's midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, center, vies for the ball against Fiorentina's midfielder Franck Ribery, left, and defender Dalbert during the Italian Serie A soccer match between ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA via AP)
Lazio's midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, center, vies for the ball against Fiorentina's midfielder Franck Ribery, left, and defender Dalbert during the Italian Serie A soccer match between ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA via AP)

MILAN (AP) — Fiorentina winger Franck Ribéry has been banned for three league matches after pushing an assistant referee.

The incident occurred after the final whistle of Fiorentina’s 2-1 loss to Lazio on Sunday and Ribery was given a red card after pushing the official twice.

The Italian league’s disciplinary commission announced Monday that Ribéry has been banned for three matches and fined 20,000 euros ($22,200) for “seriously disrespectful behavior toward an assistant referee.”

Both teams disputed some refereeing decisions, including Ciro Immobile’s winner a minute from time as there appeared to be a foul in the buildup.

The 36-year-old Ribéry had already been angered at being substituted with 15 minutes remaining and the score still 1-1.

Ribéry apologized for his actions on Monday with a post on social media.

“I am really sorry about last night, I apologize to my teammates, the coach and the fans,” the former France international said. “I apologize to Mr. Passeri, because after the final whistle I was very nervous and disappointed, and I hope he can understand my mood.

“I always want to be on the pitch and to help my teammates, because I came to Florence for this city and this club, and I expect more care for Fiorentina, the same care that is given to other clubs, because of the hard work we put in on a daily basis.”

Ribéry will miss the matches against Sassuolo, Parma and Cagliari.

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