Bastia striker Brandao has been sentenced to one month in prison for head-butting Paris Saint-Germain Thiago Motta in the tunnel back in August, after pleading guilty to an offence which was captured on CCTV.
Brandao admitted the charge in court, but despite the video evidence denied that he had shown any pre-meditated aggression towards his opponent. Motta was left with a broken nose as a result of the Brazilian forward's actions, with French prosecutors requesting a six-month suspended sentence.
A Paris court instead decided that the seriousness of the offence warranted a custodial term, although Brandao is highly unlikely to serve any jail time despite the damning verdict.
Community service looks far more likely
French newspaper La Parisien believes that Brandao will in all likelihood pay his debt to society through community service rather than 30 days behind bars, which is the primary reason why his defence council have no plan to appeal today's verdict.
The 34-year-old will also have to pay a €20,000 fine for a sorry episode that's already landed him a six month ban from the French Football Federation,
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Brandao missed verdict to have surgery
Neither Brandao or Motta were present at court this morning, with the guilty party instead having an operation on a thigh injury in Saint-Etienne.
In his absence the court decided beyond doubt that his actions were premeditated, branding the head-butt appalling and calculated.
After serving his time and regaining full fitness the Bastia marksman faces a huge battle to keep his playing career in Ligue 1 alive, with his ban expiring on February 22nd.
The ugly incident has unsurprisngly become a YouTube phenomenon since footage of the tunnel fracar leaked online, a video that effectively forced Brandao to hold his hands up and wait to be punished by the relevant authorities.
You can expect quite a backlash when the imposing striker is finally back on the football field, but hopefully both Brandao and French football can move on from a mess which has overshadowed any other storyline in Ligue 1 this year sooner rather than later.
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