The Swedish ace has been ruled out of the club's next three Serie A matches, including the clash against Juve, after it was ruled that his gesture represented violent conductUPDATED: Monday, 5:09 p.m. ET.
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been handed a three-match ban for violent conduct in Sunday's goalless draw against Napoli.
Sports judge Gianpaolo Tosel inflicted the punishment after the Lega Calcio's disciplinary panel convened on Monday to deliver their verdict.
Ibrahimovic received a red card in the second half of the match for slapping Salvatore Aronica in an off-the-ball incident.
After the game, Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri admited that the Sweden international deserved to be sent off, although club CEO Adriano Galliani stressed there had been no violence involved in the gesture. The Rossoneri later confirmed that they would appeal the ruling.
"AC Milan confirms that it will appeal the decision of the Sports Judge who has banned Zlatan Ibrahimovic for three rounds of competition," a statement on the club's official website read.
If the ruling is upheld, the former Barcelona striker will now miss Milan's next three Serie A matches, against Udinese, Cesena and Juventus.
Ibrahimovic's absence would be a huge blow to Allegri as the striker is the club's top Serie A scorer, with 15 goals this term.
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