Franck Ribery hit with ban after attack on official
Franck Ribery hit with ban after attack on official

Franck Ribery hit with ban after attack on official

French winger Franck Ribery has been hit with a three-match ban for showing an assistant referee over the weekend after Fiorentina lost to Lazio.

The player who was shown a red card due to his troubles was also fined 20,000 euros for what was described as “seriously disrespectful conduct” towards the match official by the Serie A officials.

It was thought Ribery could be facing a lengthy suspension following the incident, but a disciplinary committee felt his actions were not violent and he now faces the statutory ban for a red card offense.

Frustrated Ribery

Fiorentina was beaten 2-1 at home by Ciro Immobile’s last-minute goal in the Serie A clash and Ribery who had already been substituted let his frustrations known to the officials after Lazio scored at a moment they felt one of their players had been fouled.

Ribery who joined Fiorentina last summer was seen on camera in a heated exchange with the assistant referee, who was forcefully shoved twice as he protested.

Ribery earlier apologized for his actions, posting on Twitter: “I apologies to my teammates, the coach, the fans. I apologize to (assistant referee) Mr. Passieri.

“I was very upset and sad after the end of the match. I hope he can understand my state of mind.”


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