News ID: 115224
Published: 0638 GMT April 10, 2015

Four-game ban for Zlatan

Four-game ban for Zlatan

Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a four-game Ligue 1 ban for insulting match officials.

The 33-year-old Swedish star will miss matches against Nice, Lille, Metz and Nantes as a result of his widely televised rant in which he said France did not deserve a team like PSG because of the way it is treated, reported.

Sebastien Deneux, head of the French League's (LFP) disciplinary committee, told reporters that the Swede was found guilty of "using insulting language" in his expletive-laden rant after PSG lost 3-2 at Bordeaux on March 15.

Irahimovic appeared to insult a match official as he left the field and said, "In 15 years, I have never seen such a referee. In this sh*t country, this country does not deserve PSG. We are too good for this country."

Deneux said Ibrahimovic's comments were "rude and insulting".

The striker will already be missing for the Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Barcelona next week after his sending off against Chelsea in the last 16.

He will, however, be eligible to play in PSG's League Cup final against Bastia on Saturday.

A day after scoring a brilliant hat-trick, Ibrahimovic stayed away from Thursday's hearing of the disciplinary commission of the LFP and was instead represented by a lawyer and two PSG officials.

The hearing has tarnished another stellar week for the Swede whose hat-trick in a 4-1 French Cup semifinal win over Saint Etienne took him to 102 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in less than three seasons.

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