Balotelli handed three-match ban

Updated: April 9, 2013


AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been
handed a three-match ban from Serie A play after verbally abusing a match
official on Sunday.

Balotelli picked up a yellow card in the club’s 2-2 draw with Fiorentina to
earn an automatic one-match suspension, but Serie A confirmed Tuesday that the
22-year-old will miss two additional games for directing insults at one of the
assistant referees.

The ban rules Balotelli out of the meetings with Napoli, Juventus and Catania,
all of which are important matches in Milan’s bid to secure automatic
qualification for the Champions League. The club comes into the weekend in
third place in Italy’s top flight with 58 points.