Samuel Eto'o suspended three games

Updated: November 23, 2010, 9:56 AM ET
Associated Press

MILAN -- Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o has been banned for three matches for head butting Chievo Verona defender Bostjan Cesar.

The referee didn't sanction Eto'o during Sunday's game. But league officials looked at TV replays and announced the ban on Tuesday. Eto'o was also fined $40,000.

The pair clashed in the 38th minute when Cesar threw a weak punch that hit Eto'o in the face. The Cameroon international jogged away before turning around and head butting Cesar in the chest.

Eto'o has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season. He's been one of the few bright spots for defending European and Italian champion Inter, which has dealt with injuries to key players.

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