Van Bommel gets extra two-match ban for obscene gesture
( dpa ) - Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel was Sunday given an extra two-match ban after being dismissed in last weekend's Bundesliga game against SV Hamburg.
Van Bommel sat out Bayern's 1-0 victory over Schalke 04 on Saturday and has been suspended for a further two matches.
He will miss next week's visit by Karlsruhe and a trip to Energie Cottbus a week later.
The German Football Federation (DFB) control committee originally wanted the automatic one-match ban to be extended by a further three matches for "serious unsporting behaviour."
However the issue went to the DFB's sports panel after the Dutch player did not to accept the ban. Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness said the club would accept the new ruling.
The DFB control committee used video evidence in ruling on van Bommel who was shown making an obscene gesture with his arm in the direction of the referee in the final moments of the game.
He had moments earlier sarcastically applauded the referee, who in his match report said that he had not seen the resulting gesture.