AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso was on Thursday given a one match touchline ban for aggressively confronting the referee after his side’s Italian Super Cup final defeat to Juventus in Saudi Arabia during the midweek.
Gattuso, 41, angrily confronted officials for not giving a penalty for a foul by Juventus’s midfielder Emre Can on Andrea Conti late in his side’s 1-0 defeat in Jeddah.
The Lega Serie A on Thursday banned the ex AC Milan and Italian international midfielder and charged him a 15,000 euros ($17,000) fine.
Gattuso was penalized for “shouting at the referee in a threatening way and questioning his decisions, as well as having subsequently, while waiting for the prize giving occasion, addressed further abusive words and insinuations passed at the referee”.
AC Milan club doctor Mario Brozzi has also been banned until February 4 for making “seriously insulting, abusive remarks in an arrogant, derogatory way towards one of his own players,” which referee Luca Banti observed in his match report.
Gattuso will be absent for AC Milan’s Serie A trip to Genoa on Monday as the Italian league returns after a three-week break.
AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie will also miss that match after his red card awarded after consultation with VAR, along side with teammates Alessio Romagnoli and Davide Calabria for yellow-card accumulations.
Juventus’s Miralem Pjanic will also be suspended for his team’s visit by Chievo.