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.
“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.