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Higuain handed two-match ban for Juventus meltdown

Gonzalo Higuain has been handed a two-match ban after an on-pitch meltdown following his dismissal in AC Milan’s 2-0 defeat to his parent club Juventus on Sunday.

Higuain endured a nightmare showing against Juve, missing a penalty before receiving his marching orders in the second half.

The Argentina international had to be led off the pitch by team-mates after he reacted furiously to referee Paolo Mazzoleni’s decision to show him a straight red card.

Higuain was initially booked for dissent but was dismissed for persisting with his complaints to the official.

Lega Serie A on Tuesday announced the 30-year-old would be forced to sit out two matches.

The 30-year-old apologised to fans for the incident, but claimed that his emotions got the better of him during the game.

“It seemed an unfair foul, I was fouled as far as I’m concerned. I was cautioned but I did not insult anyone,” he told Milan TV.

“I apologised to the club, the fans, the coach and my companions because these episodes must be avoided.

“We are human, we feel emotions, the game was not going the right way and it was one of those days.”

Higuain’s former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo also came out in his defence after the match, explaining how he intervened in order to calm down the situation.

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“I told him to calm down, as he risked an even worse ban,” Ronaldo said to Sky Sport Italia.

“He didn’t do much, he was annoyed at losing the game. That’s understandable. I hope he is not punished too severely.”

The two-game ban means Higuain will miss the the trip to Lazio on November 25 and the visit of Parma a week later.

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Italy’s deputy PM ‘ashamed’ of Higuain after Milan red card

Gonzalo Higuain should be handed a lengthy ban after his red card during Milan’s clash with Juventus, according to Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, who says he is “ashamed” of the striker.

Argentina international Higuain was sent off against his parent club in Sunday’s game at San Siro following two bookable offences, having also missed a penalty.

After receiving a yellow card for a foul on Medhi Benatia, Higuain screamed in the official’s face, losing his temper and earning himself a sending off.

While Juve star Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored in his side’s 2-0 win over Milan,  has called for leniency , the Italian Deputy PM has done no such thing.

Speaking at a press conference, Matteo Salvini, a Milan fan, said: “Football is the country’s mirror.

“I was at San Siro on Sunday and I was ashamed by the conduct of the Milan striker.

“Despite it going against my interests as a fan, I hope he’s given a long ban.”

Higuain has apologised for his conduct on the pitch, insisting that he did not insult anyone during his meltdown.

“It seemed an unfair foul, I was fouled as far as I’m concerned. I was cautioned but I did not insult anyone,” he told Milan TV.

“I apologised to the club, the fans, the coach and my companions because these episodes must be avoided.

“We are human, we feel emotions, the game was not going the right way and it was one of those days.”

Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, no stranger to controversy himself, believes Higuain’s actions came about as a result of the pressure he is feeling.

“At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday’s press conference were not by chance,” he told Milan TV after his side’s loss to Juve.

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“Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.

“He has to put aside his nervousness, he is our most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear headed.”

Milan are currently sixth in Serie A, 13 points behind leaders Juve.

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‘We are people too’ – Higuain apologises for sending off

Gonzalo Higuain has apologised on social media for his sending off in AC Milan’s 2-0 defeat to Juventus.

The ex-Juve man was dismissed in the 83rd minute after picking up a second booking for dissent having been cautioned moments earlier for a foul on Medhi Benatia.

Team-mates, both current and former, moved to console the forward, who took a lengthy period of time to leave the field in his outrage.

The sending off compounded a miserable evening for the Argentina striker, who had previously missed the opportunity to level proceedings when his low penalty was saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

In an Instagram post shared on Monday morning Higuain said: “I want to apologise to everyone for my behaviour in yesterday’s sending off – the team, society, fans who despite yesterday showed me their love all the time.

“We are people too and we have feelings but I am responsible and I hope it does not happen again.”

 
 
 
 
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Voglio chiedere scusa a tutti per il comportamento avuto ieri in campo, ai miei compagni alla società , ai tifosi che da ieri mi stanno dimostrando ancor di più il loro affetto. Mi faccio carico delle mie responsabilità e farò il possibile perchè non ricapiti. ❤️❤️❤️ #grazieatuttiperilsostegno 👏👏👏 Quiero pedir disculpas a todos por el comportamiento de ayer de la expulsion , al equipo, a la sociedad , a los hinchas que a pesar de lo ayer me demuestran su cariño todo el tiempo. Somos personas tambien y tenemos sentimientos pero me hago responsable y espero que no vuelva a suceder. Algunos lo entenderan otros no . Igualmente pido disculpas a todos. Que tengan una linda vida.

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He added: “Some will understand it, others will not. I also apologise to all.”

Higuain joined Milan from the Bianconeri over the summer in a loan deal that will become permanent at the end of the season. Despite two successful seasons in Turin, the forward never truly recaptured the form that saw him score 36 in 35 league matches during his 2015-16 campaign with Napoli.

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Higuain’s departure facilitated Juve’s summer signing of Cristian Ronaldo from Real Madrid, with the Portuguese captain on target for the eighth time in 12 league matches in Sunday’s clash to help ensure his new side maintained their unbeaten start to the Serie A season.

By contrast, Higuain, who himself has five goals in 10 league appearances this campaign, endured a torrid evening at the San Siro. He has now missed five of the 17 penalties he has taken during his time in Italy.

The result sees AC Milan slip to fifth in the Serie A table, while visitors Juventus have opened up a six point lead over second-placed Napoli in their pursuit of an eighth consecutive Scudetto title.

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Higuain is feeling a lot of pressure – Gattuso

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso believes Gonzalo Higuain is feeling “a lot of pressure” to deliver for the club.

Higuain, 30, had a penalty saved and was sent off during Milan’s 2-0 loss to Juventus at San Siro on Sunday.

The forward has scored seven goals in 13 games since arriving at Milan on loan from Juve, but Gattuso’s side are struggling in fifth in Serie A.

Gattuso called for Higuain to remain calm, saying the Argentinian was putting himself under too much pressure.

“At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday’s press conference were not by chance,” he told Milan TV after his side’s loss to Juve.

“Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.

“He has to put aside his nervousness, he is our most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear headed.”

Folloiwing his dismissal, Higuain apologized for his actions while also insisting that he did not insult anyone.

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Cristiano Ronaldo came to Higuain’s defense after the match, saying that he hoped the Argentinian star would not receive a long ban for the incident. 

Goals from Mario Mandzukic and Ronaldo saw Juve to their win, although Higuain could have levelled the clash had he converted his first-half penalty.

Following the international break, Higuain’s AC Milan face Lazio. 

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‘I didn’t insult anyone’ – Higuain apologetic following red card

AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain apologised for his red card against Juventus, but insisted he did not insult anyone.

Higuain endured a miserable outing against his parent club, having a penalty saved before being sent off in Milan’s 2-0 loss at San Siro on Sunday.

The forward’s 41st-minute spot-kick was saved by Wojciech Szczesny before he was sent off late for dissent.

While apologetic, Higuain, 30, said his emotions simply got the better of him after a tough game.

“It seemed an unfair foul, I was fouled as far as I’m concerned. I was cautioned but I did not insult anyone,” he told Milan TV.

“I apologised to the club, the fans, the coach and my companions because these episodes must be avoided.

“We are human, we feel emotions, the game was not going the right way and it was one of those days.”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain’s former team-mate at Real Madrid, spoke out in the forward’s defense, saying he hopes the Argentine isn’t handed a long ban for the incident.

Higuain had the chance to bring Milan level after Mario Mandzukic’s opener, but his penalty was saved before Cristiano Ronaldo sealed Juve’s win in the second half.

The Argentinian took responsibility for his miss and vowed not to make the same mistake again.

“It was a particular episode, had I scored, the game would have changed,” Higuain said.

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“The important thing is to take responsibility, to know what went wrong. I promise it will not happen again.

“Now we have to look ahead, we will have two weeks of rest and then face Lazio for fourth place.”

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