AC Milan's Andrea Conti gets 3-game ban on first match back in over a year
AC Milan defender Andrea Conti endured a mixed evening after making his long-awaited comeback from injury last week.
The 24-year-old full-back started for Milan's under-19 side in their game against Chievo on Friday evening -- his first game for the club since rupturing a cruciate ligament back in September of 2017.
Welcome back on the pitch Conti! 💪🏻— ACMilan Youth Sector (@acmilanyouth) 2 November 2018
Bentornato in campo Andrea! 😍 pic.twitter.com/6qewD4IJ2m
Unfortunately, despite playing his part in a 2-0 win, Conti managed to sour his grand return by ending the night with a three-match ban.
According to Reuters, the Rossoneri player was charged with insulting a match official after punching the referee's door and hurling abuse at him after the final whistle.
⏱️ 90'+4— ACMilan Youth Sector (@acmilanyouth) 2 November 2018
🔚 È FINITA: #MilanChievo 0-2
Serata no per il #MilanPrimavera, colpito nel primo tempo dai gol di Rovaglia e Rabbas (rigore). Rossoneri ko in casa nella settima giornata di campionato#MilanYouth
"[Conti] found the referee in his dressing room at the end of the game and prevented him from closing the door by hitting it with his two fists. At the same time, he shouted injurious remarks to the referee," read the report published by Serie A's disciplinary tribunal.
Meanwhile, Milan director Paolo Maldini has also been handed a suspension (until Nov. 15) for insulting the exact same official.
"Maldini entered the referee's changing room without permission and directed an offensive remark towards him," the report added.
All in all, an eventful night.