Inter midfielder Kondogbia's 2-match ban for 'disrespect' cut to 1
REUTERS - Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia had a two-match ban imposed for sarcastically applauding a referee's performance reduced to one match on appeal, his club said on its website (www.inter.it) Friday.
The official sent the French international off "for disrespectful conduct" at the end of a Serie A game against Fiorentina on Feb. 14, which Inter lost 2-1, the league said on its website.
The league's disciplinary committee imposed the two-match ban for what it called "a round of dramatic, ironic and prolonged applause."
The club appealed to a tribunal, which it said had halved the ban.
The 23-year-old player is now available for Sunday's away match against table toppers Juventus.
(Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi and Anna Jaworska-Guidotti in Gdynia; editing by John Stonestreet)