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Last Updated: Friday, 4 May 2007, 09:34 GMT 10:34 UK
Baros banned for Mbia incident
Milan Baros (left) and Cameroon's Stephane Mbia
Baros and Mbia clashed during a league game last month

Czech striker Milan Baros has been handed a three-match ban by the French Football League (LFP) for pinching his nose in front Cameroon's Stephane Mbia.

Baros, who plays for Olympique Lyon, pinched his nose in front of the Stade Rennes midfielder and waved his hand as if he were repelling an offensive odour last month.

The LFP's disciplinary committee said in its ruling that it came to the conclusion the gesture was not racist.

Baros is suspended until the end of the season and the sanction will take effect on Monday.

That means the player will miss his side's last three Ligue 1 matches.

Lyon have already made sure of winning a sixth consecutive title.

Baros has said there was nothing racist in his gesture and that he had only wanted to signify to Mbia that he should move back and let him breathe.

Baros, 25, joined Lyon from Aston Villa in January.

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