Menez receives four-match ban

The 27-year-old former Paris St Germain player was sent off during the second half of Milan’s 3-1 Serie A defeat to Genoa at San Siro on Wednesday and the “insulting gestures” he made in the aftermath have worked against him.

A statement from Serie A also condemned Menez for directing a “blasphemous expression” at the fourth official following his dismissal.

Menez had taken exception to receiving a second yellow card for appearing to foul Edenilson and claimed it was team-mate Philippe Mexes who committed the offence.

Milan, who are down in 10th place after a disappointing season, have only five games remaining to climb towards the European places and they will largely be without the services of a player who has scored 16 goals this term.