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Franck Ribery slap with 3-match ban & fine for pushing referee

Franck Ribery has been hit with a three-game ban for pushing assistant referee Matteo Passeri in Fiorentina’s 2-1 defeat to Lazio in Serie A on Sunday.

Ribery was caught on camera venting his anger after the final whistle, as he shoved match official Passeri on two occasions, before being ushered back to the dressing room by Fiorentina staff.

In addition to a €20,000 fine, the French winger will be out of action in Serie A until November 24 for “gravely disrespectful behaviour” towards the linesman.

“At the end of game, Ribery approached the assistant referee in a threatening way and was gravely disrespectful behaviour,” the Italian FA said a statement on Monday. “In addition to disrespectful comments, he pushed with an arm on his chest… as well as in a further thrust grabbing him by the arm.”

Ribery had also issued a public apology via his official Twitter account, which reads: “I’m really sorry for last night.”

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