Monday, 28 October 2019

Ribery facing lengthy Serie A ban for pushing linesman

Fiorentina star Franck Ribery could be banned for several Serie A games after being caught on camera pushing a linesman following his side's 2-1 loss to Lazio.

The former Bayern Munich winger had provided the assist for Fiorentina's 27th-minute equaliser but could only look on from the sidelines as Lazio scored a controversial late winner.

In build up to Ciro Immobile's 89th-minute header, Fiorentina were adamant they should have been awarded a foul but the referee ruled play on and Ribery seemed to be trying to protest that decision after the final whistle.

Filmed in heated conversation with a linesman, Ribery is seen twice pushing the official and before ultimately being dragged away by a Fiorentina staff member.

Serie A officials later confirmed that Ribery was shown a post-match red card for the contact and is now facing a long-term suspension.

Early indications suggest a minimum three-match ban awaits the Frenchman, though Serie A are keen to crack down on any mistreatment of referees and could come down harder on a figure such as Ribery.

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