London, ENGLAND: Kenyan international McDonald Mariga has been handed a five-match Serie B ban for squeezing a referee’s hand so hard it drew blood, Italian FA has confirmed.
The former Inter, Parma, Real Sociedad and Helsingborgs IF midfielder is currently at Latina, a second division tier club in Italy.
Mariga erupted in anger and was given his marching orders after the referee had not allowed his side a clear penalty kick in the final minutes of a Serie B match at the weekend.
Before leaving the pitch, he went to shake the referee’s right hand, but then squeezed it so hard that it caused an abrasion, drawing blood.
At the same time, according to the Disciplinary Commission’s report, the 29-year-old continued to heap insults on to the official.
Following the ban Mariga the elder brother of Southampton midfielder, Victor Wanyama will now be out action until the end of the season with his club placed 17th in Serie B standings risk dropping further.