Football: Sirigu escapes lengthy punishment

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian international goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has escaped a lengthy ban for his part in a brawl at the end of last weekend's Ligue 1 win at Evian.

Sirigu was at risk of missing eight games -- a sanction that would have ruled him out until after the start of next season -- after playing a leading role in the violence that marred the finish to PSG's 1-0 win in Annecy, and then refusing to return to the pitch to be shown a red card by the match referee.

However, at a French league (LFP) disciplinary commission meeting on Thursday, Sirigu was handed a two-game ban, the same punishment as that given to his teammate and compatriot Marco Verratti, who was sent off in the same game.

David Beckham was also dismissed in the match, and the trio will all sit out Sunday's Ligue 1 encounter with Valenciennes at the Parc des Princes, when PSG could wrap up the title.

Paris are currently nine points clear of second-placed Marseille with four games left. Marseille are at home to Bastia on Saturday and must win to keep PSG waiting at least another week.