May 7, 2019 / 3:31 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer: AC Milan midfielder Paqueta banned for slapping referee

(Reuters) - AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta has been banned for three games after slapping a referee during a Serie A match, the league’s disciplinary committee said on Tuesday.

The Brazil international hit the referee with a “light slap” on the arm in order to push him away and was sent off during Milan’s 2-1 home win over Bologna on Monday.

Paqueta, 21, has made 13 league appearances this season since joining AC Milan from Brazil’s Flamengo.

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia, editing by Ed Osmond

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