Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri given 1-match ban


MILAN (AP) -AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has been handed a one-match ban for insulting the referee at the end of Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Udinese, the Italian league announced Monday.

"I'm surprised, I didn't do anything," Allegri said after learning of the ban. Milan is planning an urgent appeal.

Milan finished the game with nine men after both Cristian Zapata and Kevin-Prince Boateng were sent off in a woeful afternoon for the Rossoneri.

The players, who were both dismissed after two bookings, have been banned for one match.

Meanwhile, Sampdoria's Maxi Lopez has been handed a two-match suspension "for kicking the door of the referees' changing room and shouting insults at them."

Lopez could also face a fine after the matter was referred to the Italian Football Federation.

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