Ribery banned for three games
Rome, Italy - Franck Ribery has apologised after being suspended for three matches on Monday for pushing an assistant referee following Fiorentina's dramatic late loss to Lazio the night before.
Ribery was handed the ban after he approached assistant referee Matteo Passeri 'threateningly' and uttered 'disrespectful words' before pushing him after the final whistle on Sunday, said the Italian Football Federation's disciplinary panel.
"I'm very sorry for last night, I apologise to my teammates, the coach and fans," Ribery said on Twitter on Monday.
The French striker was already furious when he was taken off by coach Vincenzo Montella after 74 minutes. TV cameras showed him agitated on the bench, shouting repeatedly at Montella. That anger had not subsided by the end of the match, which Fiorentina lost 1-2 after Lazio scored a goal in the 88th minute. He pushed one of the assistant referees twice on the way to the dressing room.
Tthe former Bayern player received a red card at that time and was later fined US$22,210.