Fenerbahce's Raul Meireles suspended for 11 matches

The Portugal international has been hit with a lengthy ban by the Turkish football authorities after being found guilty of spitting at a match official
Fenerbahce midfielder Raul Meireles has been slapped with a 11-match suspension by Turkish Football Federation (TFF).

The former Chelsea man was handed the sentence after being found guilty of spitting at a referee after he was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence during his side's 2-1 defeat to Galatasaray. 

The Portuguese initially denied the allegation, and continued to plead his case that the referee had made a mistake in giving him a red card in the first place.

It was originally thought that Meireles could be suspended for up to seven matches, however, the TFF have decided on a lengthier ban of 11 matches.

The 29-year-old moved to the Turkish giants over the summer from Chelsea and has been a regular in the side since, making over 10 Super Lig appearances this season, scoring once.

Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!