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 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus' Sami Khedira given two-game ban for insulting referee

Sami Khedira leaves the field after being sent off during the Turin derby.

Juventus will have to do without the services of Sami Khedira for their upcoming Serie A fixtures against Empoli and AC Milan after he was banned for two games.

Khedira was shown a red card in the 86th minute of Juve's 4-1 win over Torino at the weekend for "directing offensive remarks towards the referee," according to the Lega Serie A disciplinary report.

According to Tuttosport, Khedira told Nicola Rizzoli to "f--- off" and then continued to insult the Bologna-based referee and the fourth official as he left the field of play, saying: "This guy's an idiot."

Juve will also have to make do without Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro for the home game against Empoli on April 2 after they both picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season in the Turin derby.

Bonucci was warned for "protesting toward the referees" with a picture of him almost head-to-head with Rizzoli.

However, the referee has minimised the incident in an interview with Tuttosport.

"Bonucci just protested, he didn't head-butt me," he said. "I was moving him away from [additional referee Massimiliano] Irrati. It wasn't head-to-head because that makes it sound dramatic. It was not at all like that."

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