Menez handed four-game ban for insulting referee

The Frenchman's outburst at the officials after receiving a booking against Nice has earned him a lengthy suspension from Ligue 1 action
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Jeremy Menez has been banned for four games after insulting a referee in a Ligue 1 clash against Nice in April.

The 26-year-old, whose winning goal against Olympique Lyonnais earned his side their first league title in 19 years last weekend, reacted angrily after being shown a yellow card and has now been punished for his outburst.

"After hearing from the player's representative and the referee of the game, the disciplinary commission has suspended him for four games," the French football league (LFP) said in a statement.

Menez will miss this weekend's clash with Stade Brestois, the trip to Lorient on May 25 and the first two games of PSG's title defence next season.

The France international has been an important member of PSG's title-winning side this season, scoring eight goals and creating 11 others in 42 appearances in all competitions.