Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Angel Di Maria has been hit with a four-game ban for spitting at Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez.
The incident occurred in the Ligue 1 game between the two sides at the Parc des Princes which ended in a 1 nil win for the visitors and five players being sent off.
Di Maria was pictured spitting at Gonzalez who was also accused of racially abusing Neymar and could face a lengthy ban if it is found to be true.
The Argentine’s suspension starts next Tuesday, meaning that he will be available to play against Reims at the weekend but will miss subsequent games against Angers, Nimes, Dijon, and Nantes.
Regarding the supposed racial abuse aimed towards Neymar by Gonzalez, an official decision on the case will be made on September 30.
Meanwhile, Neymar has been banned for two games for his dismissal although the club have sent a video to French football authorities which they claim shows Gonzalez using a racial slur against the Brazilian forward.
It can be recalled that the game was one that saw tempers flare with the referee having no choice but to brandish yellow and red cards with reckless abandon.
This did little to keep the players in check as it was brawl after brawl towards the closing stages of the game.