AC Milan midfielder Paqueta banned for slapping referee

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - International Friendly - Brazil v Panama - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - March 23, 2019 Brazil's Lucas Paqueta celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

(Reuters) – AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta has been banned for three games after slapping a referee during a Serie A match, the league’s disciplinary committee said on Tuesday.

The Brazil international hit the referee with a “light slap” on the arm in order to push him away and was sent off during Milan’s 2-1 home win over Bologna on Monday.

Paqueta, 21, has made 13 league appearances this season since joining AC Milan from Brazil’s Flamengo.

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