Sports tribunal suspends Ronaldinho for a game for dangerous kick near opponent's face

Brazil's sports tribunal has suspended Ronaldinho for one game for a dangerous kick that nearly hit an opponent in the face in a Brazilian league match.

The play happened in Atletico Mineiro's 0-0 draw against Gremio on Sept. 23, when Ronaldinho came in hard for a ball dispute and left his right foot in the air, nearly hitting an opponent. There was no foul called and Ronaldinho didn't receive a card at the time, but the tribunal used television images to suspend the former two-time world player of the year.

Atletico Mineiro lawyers appealed, but the tribunal said Wednesday it would uphold the suspension, meaning Ronaldinho will not play against Internacional later Wednesday.

Atletico Mineiro, seeking its first title since 1971, is second in the Brazilian league, six points behind leader Fluminense.