League rejects appeal on Ibrahimovic ban

League rejects appeal on Ibrahimovic ban

Published Apr. 20, 2011 1:10 p.m. ET

The Italian league has rejected an appeal from AC Milan to reduce Zlatan Ibrahimovic's three-match ban for insulting a linesman.

Ibrahimovic has already sat out a 3-0 win over Sampdoria last weekend, and he'll also miss games against Brescia and Bologna.

Ibrahimovic was also banned for punching a defender in the stomach last month. That ban was reduced from three to two matches on appeal.

Milan has a six-point lead over Napoli at the top of the table, with five matches remaining in Serie A.


Ibrahimovic was expected to play against Palermo in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinals Wednesday.