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.”