Mario Balotelli receives three-match ban

Milan striker Mario Balotelli celebrates a goal against Parma on February 15, 2013
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AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is given a three-game ban for swearing at a match official.

Serie A officials have handed AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli a three-match suspension.

The former Manchester City frontman has received the punishment for swearing at a match official during the weekend's 2-2 draw with Fiorentina.

He had already picked up a one-game ban for reaching his yellow card limit, but it has now been decided that he should miss a further two encounters.

As a result, Milan will be without the 22-year-old for games against Napoli, Juventus and Catania, although the Rossoneri have appealed the verdict.

Mario Balotelli looks towards manager Roberto Mancini as he is substituted in the Manchester derby on December 9, 2012
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