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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Lands Four Match Ban For 'S**t Country' Referee Rant

10/04/2015 10:32 BST | Updated 10/04/2015 10:59 BST

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned from the French team's next four Ligue 1 matches after a foul-mouthed rant against a referee.

A disciplinary panel said the Swede used "insulting language" and the punishment reflected "the offensive nature and rudeness of his words".

The incident was caught on camera after PSG's 3-2 defeat at Girondins Bordeaux on 15 March, a heated game with several decisions going against Ibrahimovic's side.

Talking to a fourth official, the Swedish international player said: "Fucking wake up. We're not playing in the amateurs. Wake up! Fucking asshole. I have never seen that in 15 years in my career, such a referee in this shit country. Don't even deserve PSG to be in this country."

Ibrahimovic's ban was enforced based on his argument with the referee, as the French League (LFP) felt it had no jurisdiction to take his comments about France into consideration.

"He has been sanctioned because of the offensive nature and rudeness of his words," said commission president Sebastien Deneux.



Ibrahimovic's suspension starts on Tuesday, meaning he will still be able to play in Saturday’s League Cup final against Bastia. The Parisian side currently sit at the top of the table one point about Lyon with only seven matches left this season.

The ban will result in the star striker being absent from ties against Nice, Lille, Metz and Nantes.

The suspension comes after the Swede totted up his 100th goal for his team in three years, scoring a hat-trick at Saint-Etienne in a recent Coupe de la Ligue tie.

He will also be missing from the team sheet in PSG's upcoming Champions League match against Barcelona after being sent off against Chelsea in the last round.

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