Ibrahimović has Milan ban reduced to two games

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has had his initial three-game ban for punching Bari defender Marco Rossi reduced to two games, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The Federal Court of Justice upheld an appeal from the club, but the reduction means the player will still miss the crucial derby match against Inter on 2 April.
Milan’s appeal was centred on a statement in referee Christian Brighi’s report, which stated that at the moment Ibrahimović struck Rossi, the ball was approximately three metres away from both individuals and therefore not close enough for the Swede to play it.
Milan’s lawyer Leandro Cantamessa felt the comment regarding the distance of the ball from both players was subjective, and that Ibrahimović was attempting to remove Rossi out of his way to retrieve it.
The Federal Court appears to have accepted this argument, but have recognised the nature of the offence by ensuring a ban of more than one match.

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