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Thu Apr 24 23:37:38 SAST 2014

Ibrahimovic gets three-match ban and misses Juve clash

Sapa-AFP | 07 February, 2012 07:440 Comments
AC Milan v SS Lazio - Tim Cup
Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan looks on before the Tim Cup match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on January 26, 2012 in Milan, Italy
Image by: Marco Luzzani / Getty Images

AC Milan’s Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the top of the table clash with Serie A leaders Juventus on February 25 after he was suspended for three matches on Monday.

The volatile 30-year-old — who has scored 15 times this season and lies second in the Serie A scorers list — received the ban for slapping Napoli player Salvatore Aronica in the face during Sunday’s 0-0 draw for which he was red carded.

AC Milan — who are second a point behind Juve but having played a game more — said they will appeal the ruling by the Italian League’s Disciplinary Commission.

However, Ibrahimovic accepted that he had slipped-up.

“I made a huge error... It happens, it happens... I must learn from my mistakes,” he said.

“There is no need of video images to prove what I did, I made a mistake.

“But I have confidence in the team, it will be just as good without me.”  ’Ibra’ has a chequered disciplinary record in Italy — last season he was sent off two matches in a row while seven years ago when he was playing for Juventus he missed a title-deciding match with Milan because he was serving a suspension.

He was suspended after headbutting Inter Milan’s combative Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic and then hit the latter’s Inter team-mate Ivan Cordoba.


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