Raging Franck Ribery facing lengthy ban for TWICE shoving linesman after Fiorentina’s defeat by Lazio… as he is shown red card after the match
- Franck Ribery took his frustration out on the linesman after Fiorentina’s defeat
- Fiorentina fell to a last-gasp 2-1 loss at home to Lazio in Serie A on Sunday
- Ciro Immobile struck home a controversial winner right at the death for Lazio
- Ribery then shoved the linesman after the final whistle and was shown a red
Franck Ribery could be set for a lengthy ban after taking his frustration out on the linesman following Fiorentina’s defeat against Lazio in Serie A.
Fiorentina fell to a 2-1 reverse at home to Lazio on Sunday night after Ciro Immobile scored a last-gasp winner for the visitors before Luca Ranieri was sent off for the hosts.
After Ribery set up Fiorentina’s goal, he could only watch from the sidelines having been subbed before Lazio struck the late controversial winner at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.
Franck Ribery forcefully shoved a linesman following Fiorentina’s narrow defeat against Lazio
The Frenchman pushed the referee not just once but twice following the final whistle
Moments before Immobile’s all-decisive goal, Fiorentina were adamant they should have been given a free-kick for a foul but the referee waved play on and Ribery let his frustrations be known following the final whistle.
The Frenchman was filmed on camera in a heated conversation with the linesman. He could be seen shoving the linesman forcefully not just once, but twice, as he protested after the defeat.
Serie A officials later confirmed that the 36-year-old was shown a red card following the match and is now facing what could be a long suspension.
Ribery kept protesting to the match official but was later shown a red card after the game
The 36-year-old had to be held back as his frustrations continued to boil over on Sunday night
Ribery featured for 75 minutes during the Serie A clash before being substituted
Serie A are keen to crack down on any mistreatment of match officials and could inflict a more severe punishment on Ribery, instead of just a three-match suspension.
The narrow defeat has left Fiorentina down in ninth place from as many games, three points behind Lazio.
Vincenzo Montella’s side take on Sassuolo next in Serie A on Wednesday night but will have to cope without the former Bayern Munich winger.
Ciro Immobile netted a last-gasp controversial winner for the visitors on the weekend