AC Milan coach banned for protest


Gennaro Gattuso, AC Milan coach was given a one-game touchline ban on Thursday for confronting the referee, Luca Banti for his side’s 1-0 loss to Juventus in the Italian super cup in Saudi Arabia.

Gattuso confronted the officials for not granting the penalty for a foul by Juventus’ Emre Can on Andrea Conti during the closing stages of the game.

The former AC Milan and Italy midfielder was banned and fined $17,000. He was disciplined for yelling and challenging the decisions of the referee. He also waited for the ceremony to hurl more offensive words towards the ref.

Mario Brozzi, the AC Milan club doctor has also been banned till 4th February for making offensive remarks in an arrogant manner towards one of his players, which was noted in the referee’s report.

Gattuso, 41, will miss his side’s Monday visit to Genoa as the Italian league resumes after taking a three week break. Also AC Milan midfielder, Franck Kessie will also be absent after he received a red card, along with fellow team mates Davide Calabria and Alessio Romagnoli for yellow card accumulation.

Pjanic of Juventus will also miss the game with Chievo due to suspension.

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