The Milan newcomer from Frankfurt, Ante Rebic, is bound to miss five European matches due to UEFA ban.
After Frankfurt’s inspiring semi-finals run in the Europea League last season, the team disassembled all over Europe
Eintracht’s attacking trio of Rebic, Jovic and Haller moved to Milan, Real Madrid and West Ham, respectively.
With Jovic and Haller finding some ground, Rebic will have to work extra hard with the latest news he’s received.
In an emotional outburst, Rebic cursed the referee multiple times. This was triggered by a red card in Europa League semi-finals. Rebic is now handed a five-match ban.
This is surely a tough punishment for the Croatian, as he still has to prove in Italy.
Rebic did, however, prove himself in Germany, where he scored nine goals last season, operating as a strong winger bullying the opposition fullbacks.
Rebic was also a big part of Croatia’s World Cup success. The team relied on him to even play through injuries on their way to the World Cup final.
It’s worth noting that Rebic does have Serie A experience. The 26-year-old played both for Fiorentina and Verona, but without much success.
He is now returning to Serie A to help Milan in their quest to qualify for the Champions League.
Giampaoli’s men started the season with six points in three matches, mostly lacking in the goals department.
The team will have a chance to prove their worth tonight, when they “host” one of their biggest rivals and the team they share the stadium with – Inter Milan.
It should be a great match, with Conte giving Inter the new identity, and Giampaoli trying to do the same at Milan.
The five-match ban won’t affect Rebic this season, but it could prove to be very important if Milan does qualify to the European competitions next season.