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AC Milan hit with an Ibrahimovic match ban

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After getting a straight red card last weekend, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will now miss AC Milan’s next match.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been handed a one-match ban and a €5,000 fine for his red card against Parma on Saturday.

The disciplinary commission found Zlatan guilty of ‘disrespectful criticism with a provocative attitude’ towards the referee, Fabio Maresca, during a heated exchange during last weekend’s 3-1 win over Parma.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the 39-year-old is now banned from AC Milan’s Serie A match against Genoa at San Siro and has to pay a fine of €5,000.

 It’s unknown what Zlatan told Maresca to earn such a punishment, but it’s not the first time the referee has reacted strongly to dissent either. In fact, he fell out with Antonio Conte back in January. The Inter Milan manager later got a two-match touchline ban.

Everything considered, though, AC Milan can breathe a sigh of relief. Stefano Pioli’s side were at risk of losing their top scorer for the next three games, but will instead lose him for just one.

The Rossoneri, therefore, will welcome Zlatan back on April 21 for a home match against Sassuolo.