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