Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for three of Milan’s six remaining Serie A matches this season for insulting a linesman.
The incident occurred during Milan’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday.
“I was only angry with myself,” Ibrahimovic said. “If I offended anyone I’m sorry.”
Part of the ban imposed Monday was due to accumulated cards, as Ibrahimovic had on;y just returned from a two-match ban for punching a defender in the stomach last month. That ban was reduced from three to two matches on appeal and Milan said it will also appeal this ban.
“I didn’t want to hurt the squad and if they’re upset with me they have reason to be,” Ibrahimovic said.
Milan hold a three-point lead over Napoli at the top of the table, with defending champions Inter a further two points back.
Ibrahimovic will miss matches against Sampdoria, Brescia and Bologna.