Ribery Banned 3 Games for Pushing Referee

The French veteran lost his cool after Fiorentina's loss to Lazio.
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Franck Ribery pushed a referee

MILAN (AP) – Fiorentina winger Franck Ribery 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 Ribery 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 Ribery had already been angered at being substituted with 15 minutes remaining and the score still 1-1.

Ribery will miss the matches against Sassuolo, Parma and Cagliari.