Chivu ban reduced to two matches

The appeals commission of the Dutch Football Association has suspended Ajax player Cristian Chivu for three matches, of which one is conditional. The captain will therefore miss the upcoming league matches against NEC and De Graafschap. The commission's sentence is irrevocable.

The sanction is lower than the one the disciplinary committee ruled last week. Originally Chivu was given a three-match ban, without conditional matches.