Philippe Mexes: AC Milan defender gets four-game ban

Philippe Mexes
Mexes said his actions were "not the sort of example a father should set"

AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes has been given a four-game ban for grabbing Lazio captain Stefano Mauri by the throat during a Serie A match.

France international Mexes, 32, was sent off following Saturday's incident - the 16th red card of his career.

Mexes reacted angrily after being tripped by Mauri and minutes later had to be restrained by team-mates.

The former Auxerre and Roma player was sent off but had to be dragged away from Mauri and pushed off the field.

Mexes has already apologised, adding: "These things should not happen out on a football pitch. I have children and this is not the sort of example that a father should set."

Milan lost the game 3-1.

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French defender Mexes was sent off for grabbing Lazio captain Mauri by the throat
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Mexes confronted Mauri immediately after the referee had sent him off
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AC Milan's Riccardo Montolivo (right) struggled to pull Mexes away from Mauri
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Mexes initially grabbed Mauri by the throat before grabbing him from behind
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AC Milan's players tried to restrain Mexes but struggled to contain the angry defender
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Mexes was sent off in stoppage time of the 3-1 defeat
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Mexes saw red during a game which resulted in a third loss for AC Milan in five league games
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After being pulled away from Mauri, Mexes then grabbed the throat of Lazio's Lorik Cana

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