Bundesliga - Ribery banned for 'slap'

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been banned for two German Cup matches after he was sent off during the 2-0 win over Augsburg on Tuesday.

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Franck Ribéry, FC Bayern München

The France international, 29, was dismissed for violent conduct after an incident with Augsburg’s Korean international Ja-cheol Koo early in the second half.

Koo reacted to a tackle by grabbing Ribery’s neck, with the former Marseille man responding by pushing his opponent in the face.

Ribery will miss the quarter-final clash with Borussia Dortmund in late February.

The club accepted the sanction, although there was a difference of opinion between its senior staff members.

Coach Jupp Heynckes said “it was a justified red card as, while he was provoked, a player of his class should not react this way”.

But chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge said both players should have been booked and no more.

“Obviously it should not have been a red card – Franck reacted to the Korean’s action, and it’s impossible that he should be dismissed and the other not even see a yellow card.”

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