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Mario Balotelli handed three-match ban

September 23, 2013
By Associated Press

Mario Balotelli has been banned for three matches following a confrontation with the referee after AC Milan's loss to Napoli.

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Balotelli, who missed a penalty and scored in Sunday's match, was shown a second yellow card after the final whistle for his protests.

The Italy striker will miss the next three matches for making "insulting and intimidating comments" towards the referee.

Balotelli will miss the games against Bologna, Sampdoria and Juventus, although Milan may appeal the suspension.

Milan will have their Curva Sud (south stand) shut for the next home game against Sampdoria as punishment for racist chanting during the loss to Napoli.

In February, Balotelli was subjected to racial taunts by fans of his former club Inter Milan. He kept his composure and held a finger to his mouth to signal for quiet. Inter supporters waved inflated bananas and whistled at Balotelli, who has Ghanaian heritage.

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