PSG president calls for Brandao ban after headbutt

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PSG’s Thiago Motta was on the receiving end of an unprovoked headbutt from Bastia’s Brandao following the current champions 2-0 victory on Saturday.

The fallout from the incident has led to the PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi calling for the player to receive a life ban from the game.


France’s secretary of state, Thierry Braillard, has also commented on the incident, labelling the attack “scandalous” before stating that some action needs to be taken. The footage in the video shows the Bastia player waiting for Motta before attacking the midfielder and then sprinting back to the safety of the dressing room before Motta can respond.

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PSG statement

PSG also released a statement to confirm that Gregory van der Wiel suffered a fracture of the second vertebrae after a knee in the back from Brandao, according to Sky Sports. Bastia have yet to comment on the incident, stating that they would speak to their players to see what they saw before releasing a statement.

The LFP (Professional Football League) are set to look at the footage on Thursday before making a decision on whether to ban the player or not.

It is not the first time that the Brazilian striker has been disciplined for unsavoury incidents. Last season, he received a four match ban after elbowing PSG’s Yohan Cabaye whilst playing for St Etienne.

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