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Former Real Madrid star hit with two-match ban for hitting opponent

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Feb 20, 2024 10:05 PM IST

The former Real Madrid star will miss matches against Atalanta and Lazio, who are aiming for a spot in next season's revamped Champions League.

Luka Jovic was banned for two Serie A matches on Tuesday after smacking an opponent during AC Milan's dramatic 4-2 defeat at Monza at the weekend.

Kylian Mbappe scores his first goal against Real Madrid(REUTERS)
Kylian Mbappe scores his first goal against Real Madrid(REUTERS)

In a statement, Serie A said that Serbia forward Jovic was sent off early in the second half, with his team two goals down, for slapping Monza's Armando Izzo.

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Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic then made light of being a man down by pulling Milan level with two minutes remaining, but Monza stunned their opponents with last-gasp strikes from Warren Bondo and Lorenzo Colombo.

Jovic will miss matches against Atalanta and Lazio, who are aiming for a spot in next season's revamped Champions League.

Also hit with a heavy ban was Lazio's sporting director Mariano Fabiani, who was suspended for a month for a tirade against officials during Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Bologna.

Fabiani was banned for having at the end of the first half "entered the field, contesting the referee's performance in a threatening and intimidating manner".

Serie A added that Fabiani continued the same behaviour once the teams were in the tunnel, pushing the referee in anger.

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