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Ibrahimovic handed 3 match ban

sports Updated: Mar 15, 2011 01:18 IST

AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for three matches for punching an opponent in the stomach, ruling him out of the derby against Inter Milan on April 3.

Ibrahimovic was given a straight red card for hitting Marco Rossi in the 73rd minute of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Bari, after the defender beat him to a header.

Ibrahimovic appeared frustrated after a large heap of the blame for Milan's elimination by Tottenham in the Champions League was placed on his inability to score.

Milan holds a five point lead over Inter atop Serie A with nine matches remaining.

Ibrahimovic will also miss matches against Palermo and Fiorentina.

The league also banned Lazio defender Stefan Radu for three matches for headbutting Roma midfielder Fabio Simplicio toward the end of Sunday's derby, which Roma won 2-0. Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma was given a two-match ban for insulting the referee.

Furthermore, Roma was fined euro 35,000 ($50,000) after a fan directed a laser beam at Lazio goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, notably when he was attempting to stop a penalty kick from Francesco Totti.

The fine also took into account fireworks thrown toward the pitch. Lazio was fined euro 6,000 ($8,000) for fireworks thrown toward the pitch by its supporters at the Stadio Olimpico.