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Franck Ribery Tenders Apology After 3-Match Ban And Huge Fine  
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Franck Ribery Tenders Apology After 3-Match Ban And Huge Fine  

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

France ex-International winger, Franck Ribery, has been handed a three-game ban for pushing the assistant referee, Matteo Passeri, in Fiorentina's 2-1 defeat to Lazio in Serie A.

The former Bayern Munich man was taped reacting angrily at the match official after the final whistle, as he shoved Matteo Passeri, the assistant referee, on two occasions, before being ushered back to the dressing room by Fiorentina staff.

The French winger will be out of action in Serie A until November 24, missing three matches in total, in addition to a €20,000 fine he was slammed with, for his "gravely disrespectful behaviour" towards the linesman.

The Italian FA issued a statement on Monday concerning Ribery.

"At the end of the game, Ribery approached the assistant referee in a threatening way and was gravely disrespectful,” the statement read.

"In addition to disrespectful comments, he pushed with an arm on his chest... as well as in a further thrust grabbing him by the arm."

Ribery also took to his official Twitter account to tender an apology. He wrote in Italian: “I’m really sorry for last night."