Fabien Barthez has been banned for six-months, three months of wehich will be suspended following his conviction for spitting at the referee when Marseille played in Casablanca in a friendly in February.

The match between Olympique and Wydad Casablanca was abandoned after the 33-year-old spat at Abdellah El Achiri.

“He didn’t spit in his face but he certainly did spit at the official,” said French Federation disciplinary committee chairman Jean Mazzella.

The France keeper’s ban will be for three months but will be doubled if he commits any further offences.

Barthez sprinted from the bench to confront el-Achiri in the 80th minute of a match littered with fouls.

Video replays clearly show Barthez raising his arms toward the referee and then spitting on him.

Barthez has won 73 caps and was a member of the winning sides at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. He intends to retire after next year’s World Cup finals.