AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain’s appeal against a two-match ban for a red card and on-pitch meltdown against Juventus has been rejected by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
The FIGC’s decision means Milan will be without the Argentine striker for the team’s upcoming matches against Lazio and Parma.
Higuain endured a nightmare showing against parent club Juve on November 11, missing a penalty before being sent off 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 then dismissed for persisting with his complaints to the official, and his behaviour saw him slapped with a two-match suspension.
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 behaviour earned a rebuke from none other than Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, who said he was “ashamed” of the striker.
Milan currently sit fifth in the Serie A table, 13 points behind table-topping Juventus.