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AC Milan star Ante Rebic has been handed a two-match ban for allegedly calling a referee’s mother a “prostitute” during their 1-0 defeat against Napoli on Sunday.
Rebic reacted furiously to one of Fabrizio Pasqua’s decisions as the Rossoneri slumped to their fifth loss of the season, which has left them nine points behind Serie A leaders and bitter rivals Inter Milan.
As a result, the Croatian was shown a straight red card in the 92nd minute of the game, but the Disciplinary Commission have decided to increase his suspension from one to two matches.
He will therefore miss upcoming fixtures against Fiorentina and Sampdoria.
According to informazione.it, Rebic has received the ban for telling Pasqua: “I saw your mother being a prostitute in Naples.”
But the winger is not the only Milan player to have been punished after the defeat at Napoli, as goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has also been hit with a £9,000 fine for having a “threatening and offensive attitude” towards opposition players at the San Siro.
Il Corriere dello Sport claim Donnarumma shouted towards members of the Napoli bench: “You are a gang.”
Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne soon intervened to calm his Italy team-mate down and accompany him off the pitch.
Matteo Politano scored the only goal of the game, darting into the box and tucking the ball past Donnarumma four minutes into the second half.
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Yet as they huffed and puffed for an equaliser, Milan’s misery was compounded when Rebic saw red for insulting Pasqua in stoppage time.
It is not the first time he has been punished for an unsavoury outburst on the pitch, nevertheless, as he also received a five-match ban from UEFA back in 2019 for abusing a referee while playing in the Europa League for Eintracht Frankfurt.
After being brandished a straight red card for a poorly-timed challenge on a goalkeeper, Rebic was also found guilty of insulting a match official on the night, meaning his ban was increased from three to five games.
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