Fiorentina winger and former Bayern man Franck Ribery has been banned for just 3 games after shoving an assistant referee at the end of the Serie A game against Lazio which ended in a 2:1 defeat.
The 36-year-old was also fined 20,000 euros for an action that has been described as a “seriously disrespectful conduct” towards a match official.
It was expected that Ribery would face a lengthy suspension after the incident. However, the disciplinary committee felt that his action was not violent and he’ll now face the statutory ban for a red card offense.
Ciro Immobile won the game for Lazio in the last minute. Before the goal, Fiorentina felt they should have been awarded a free-kick but the referee waved play on and Ribery couldn’t hide his frustration after the game.
He was caught on camera in a heated exchange with the match official before he shoved him twice.
After the game, Ribery took to Twitter and apologized for his actions: “I apologise to my teammates, the coach, the fans. I apologise 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.”