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Franck Ribery Set To Receive Lengthy Ban After Shoving Linesman At Full-Time

Franck Ribery Set To Receive Lengthy Ban After Shoving Linesman At Full-Time

Franck Ribery is set for a lengthy ban after receiving a red card for shoving a linesman at full-time last night.

Fiorentina had just lost 2-1 to Lazio after a controversial Ciro Immobile winner late on.

Moments before Immobile scored, Fiorentina heavily protested they should have received a free kick due to a foul by Jordan Lukaku in the build up.

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Ribery, who had been subbed off in the second half after assisting Federico Chiesa for Fiorentina's goal, let his frustrations be known at full-time.



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The French forward was visibly frustrated with officials and was captured shoving a linesman multiple times.

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He was pulled away by a member of the Fiorentina coaching staff.

It was confirmed following the game that the 36-year-old had been given a red card and is now facing a lengthy suspension.


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Serie A are keen to improve the treatment of match officials and could hit the former Bayern Munich man with a longer ban than the usual three games.

There have been reports of serious violence towards officials in the amateur Italian leagues with some even leading to hospitalisation.

Ribery has since posted an apology for his actions on Twitter.

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It would be a huge blow to Vincenzo Montella's side who have been entertaining with Ribery and Chiesa leading the line this season.

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The duo have complimented one another well in their roles as an unorthodox striking partnership.

Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso shared Ribery's frustrations at the result and explained post-match that 'what happened was a bit scandalous.'

Per Football Italia, he stated.

"I'm not feeling great right now," he told Radio Anch'io Sport.

"I'm in the US right now, I left Italy after the game against Juventus but I didn't like what happened last night against Lazio.

"We have replays in the US, but now in Italy I understand them more. I believe what happened yesterday was a bit scandalous.

"Ribery, the poor lad, was a bit nervous making a mistake, even if he maybe he had reason to. But everything starts from a foul that wasn't given."

The Florence outfit currently sit 9th in Serie A after nine games and face Sassuolo on Saturday.

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Topics: Football News, Lazio, Football, Franck Ribery, Serie A, Fiorentina

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.