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Mario Balotelli suspended for three matches after sending off

Sep 23, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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Sunday was not the best day in Mario Balotelli’s career. He missed his first penalty in competitive matches, and he received two yellow cards, the second of which came after the final whistle.

On Monday, Serie A handed him a three-game ban: one for his expulsion, and two for “intimidating and insulting remarks addressed to the referee,” which resulted in his second yellow card.

This is not Balotelli’s first suspension for the same offense. In April, he had a three-game suspension reduced to two games after insulting an assistant referee at the end of a 2-2 draw with Fiorentina.

In addition, AC Milan will be forced to play its next home game in a partially closed San Siro, after “insulting chants, expressing discrimination based on territorial origin” that were directed toward opposing fans before kickoff, as the teams walked onto the field and in the 64th minute of Napoli’s 2-1 win.

For its part, Napoli was fined €4,000 for delaying the start of the match by four minutes without just cause.

  1. talgrath - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Ah, Serie A, you never fail to disappoint on the crazy news. Not just racism, but region specific racism, Balotelli suspended for things done after the game, oh you are so much fun.

  2. midtec2005 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Balotelli is lucky he’s so talented with a soccer ball, because I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone as dumb. Or maybe I just “don’t understand geniuses,” haha.

  3. renhoekk2 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    If you push or shove a ref after the game I can see something. But saying something that insulted him or hurt his feelings I don’t think a referee should be able to issue a card for that when the game has already ended. That’s just stupid. If there is intimidating physical contact then that is punishable.

    • chadmoon1 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Well that shows how much you know about the game. The referee has the ability to punish bad behavior until he leaves the stadium. Do you think it’s a good idea to let players, coaches, ect act however they want just because the final whistle sounds? If a fight broke out after the game was over, the referee shouldn’t be able to act? Silly.

      Learn the game before you comment.

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