Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooij has been banned for two international matches by UEFA's control and disciplinary body for insulting referee Anders Frisk.
Van Nistelrooij confronted Swedish match official Frisk at the end of the UEFA EURO 2004™ semi-final against Portugal on Wednesday. The hosts won 2-1 to reach Sunday's final against Greece at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon.
UEFA said the suspension applies to the Netherlands' first two matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition. Van Nistelrooij may lodge an appeal against the verdict by midnight on Monday 5 July.
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