Lucas Paquetá’s season ends early as his red card from the match against Bologna has cost him the next three games.
Milan won for the first time in nearly a month on Monday, when they beat Bologna 2-1 at Stadio San Siro.
However, the win was very difficult to get – also due to the fact that the Rossoneri had to play the last 20 minutes of the game with 10 men, after 21-year-old midfielder Lucas Paquetá was shown the red card. The Sporting Judge convened yesterday (Tuesday) and decided that Paquetá’s offense is worthy of a three-man ban.
The statement of the Sporting Judge explains that Lucas showed “improper behavior towards an opponent” and adds the fact that it was also his fifth yellow card of the season. In addition, Paquetá “in the 29th minute of the second half […] struck with a light slap the arm of the referee who was leaning towards him in order to drive him away.” This means Paquetá will not play again this season.
Milan have not shown any signs so far that they are going to appeal the decision of the Sporting Judge. Against Fiorentina, Frosinone and SPAL, Gattuso will have to be without his creative force.