April 26, 2013 / 5:37 PM / 4 years ago

PSG midfielder Thiago Motta banned for three games

Lille's Djibril Sidibe (L) challenges Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris January 27, 2013.Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has been banned for three games after his dismissal for violent conduct in a French Cup quarter-final at Evian Thonon Gaillard, the national federation (FFF) said on Friday.

The Italy international was shown a straight red card for kicking playmaker Cedric Barbosa in PSG's penalty shootout defeat last week.

Thiago Motta, who has had a series of injuries this season, has already served one game of his ban and will also miss Sunday's Ligue 1 trip to 16th-placed Evian and next weekend's home match with mid-table Valenciennes.

PSG have a nine-point lead at the top of the table and are close to winning their first French title in 19 years.

Writing by Gregory Blachier; editing by Tony Jimenez

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