Updates from Friday, Sept. 19
Bastia striker Brandao has been hit with a six-month suspension following the headbutt that left PSG midfielder Thiago Motta with a broken nose.
Brandao had already served a four-week ban, but now the Ligue 1 disciplinary committee has dished out the full punishment. Fox Soccer tweeted the news:
Bastia striker Brandao banned 6 months by the French league for head-butting PSG's Thiago Motta after a match. http://t.co/M0uhem0grg— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 18, 2014
French football writer Jonathan Johnson provides details on when Brandao can return:
Because Brandao was provisionally suspended on August 22, his 6-month head-butt ban expires on February 22. Has already served 1 month of 6.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) September 19, 2014
Brandao plans to appeal the suspension, according to Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson:
Bastia's Brandao is to appeal against his 6-month suspension to the FFF's high commission.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) September 19, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
Andy Scott of the AFP notes that Brandao has a court date set for November:
Brandao set to appear on court in November charged with premeditated assault. Could be handed jail sentence as well as 5-year stadium ban— Andy Scott (@andpscott) August 22, 2014
Bleacher Report's Andy Brassell reports that Brandao could still face charges:
More Brandão (sigh): despite Motta not wanting to press charges, Paris prosecutor pressing ahead. Been in custody today (via @lequipe)— Andy Brassell (@andybrassell) August 22, 2014
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson has the latest on Brandao's potential punishment:
News breaking that Bastia's Brandao has been summoned once again to appear before LFP's disciplinary body for head-butt on Thiago Motta.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 22, 2014
Johnson adds the punishments Brandao faces:
Brandao faces premeditated violence in sporting arena charge. Possible 3 years in jail, a €45,000 fine & a ban from attending sports events.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 22, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
TheGuardian.com reports that Brandao will be disciplined for his actions against Thiago Motta:
The Bastia striker Brandao has been provisionally suspended until 18 September by the disciplinary committee of the Ligue de Football Professionnel and could yet face further action over his headbutt on Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta.
Motta will not need a face mask to face Evian this weekend, despite the PSG star's recent altercation with Bastia striker Brandao.
Brandao headbutted Motta, but Laurent Blanc delivered a positive update, per Ligue 1 writer Jonathan Johnson:
PSG coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed that Thiago Motta is fit to play vs. Evian tomorrow. Will not need face mask.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 21, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Bastia appear to have performed something of a U-turn in their stance on the future of striker Brandao, who headbutted Thiago Motta during Saturday's recent clash with PSG.
The club had initially said it would take no internal action against the player, but now Le Parisien reports that Brandao faces the sack. Ligue 1 writer Jonathan Johnson reports:
Le Parisien: Bastia have already decided to sack Brandao following the Thiago Motta incident.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 19, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Bastia striker Brandao faces a lengthy suspension after he headbutted Thiago Motta during Saturday's Ligue 1 encounter against PSG.
Le Progres reports the following, via Ligue 1 writer Jonathan Johnson:
Le Progres: Bastia's Brandao could face a ban of up to 2 years if PSG's Thiago Motta is unable to play for period of more than 8 days.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 18, 2014
Bastia, though, have confirmed in a club statement they will be taking no further action against their player, per ITV.com:
Bastia condemns unequivocally the gesture of striker Brandao against Thiago Motta after the final whistle of the match between PSG and Bastia.
Sporting (Club Bastia) declines any possibility of further action in this matter.
Johnson passed along PSG's reaction to Bastia's response to Brandao's actions:
PSG have revealed their surprise at Bastia's decision to not take action, for the moment, against Brandao for his head-butt on Thiago Motta.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 18, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17
Jonathan Johnson of ESPNFC reported on Thiago Motta's decision following Brandao's headbutt:
PSG's Thiago Motta decides not to pursue formal complaint against Bastia's Brandao. Only players (not clubs) can report another player.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 17, 2014
Earlier, PSG confirmed Thiago Motta's fractured nose following Saturday's incident (via Tom Williams of AFP):
PSG confirm Thiago Motta sustained a "non-displaced fracture of the nose" when he was headbutted by Brandao yesterday (via @PSG_inside).— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) August 17, 2014
Johnson also reported action Bastia is considering following the incident:
According to @RMCsport Bastia are looking into ways of terminating Brandao's contract after yesterday's head-butt on Thiago Motta.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 17, 2014
PSG defender David Luiz also weighed in on the situation, courtesy of Goal.com's Staff:
We have a great job in the world to show a good example inside and outside the pitch. I think many kids in the world want to be us so they know about everything.
That is not part of football. I don't agree with this.
Sometimes on the pitch you are more vulnerable with something and they speak bad things but that's normal in football.
But when you wait for someone outside the pitch to do a bad thing, I think that's not [acceptable]. That's not part of football.
So I'm not happy with this because, after that, everyone in the world knows about this and, like I told you, that's so important when you give a nice example for the kids.
Thiago Silva, PSG's captain, also commented on Brandao via his Instagram account (via 101 Great Goals):
I want to know how many will match ban this guy … an unfair guy all the time !! Who wants to talk all the time instead of playing !! If I took 3 three games there 2 years for touching the referee … Imagine aggression like that !!! The fourth official has seen it all, I was at his side when the guy attacked our player.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta and Bastia striker Brandao were reportedly involved in an altercation in the tunnel following Saturday's Ligue 1 match. The incident left the PSG star with facial injuries.
Jonathan Johnson of ESPNFC reports the scrap broke out shortly after the Parisians completed a 2-0 victory with numerous onlookers:
The Motta-Brandao scrap happened in full view of press waiting for post-match interviews. Happened before I arrived though.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 16, 2014
James Horncastle of BT Sport provided a picture following the altercation which shows Motta with blood dripping from his nose:
Brandao leaves Thiago Motta with a bloody nose http://t.co/FqHSP8lIg7— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 16, 2014
RMC Sport passed along video of the chaos, which seemingly shows a headbutt and then a large scuffle outside of the locker room:
Here's a zoomed-in view of the moment of impact from Tom Williams of the Agence France-Presse:
It's unclear exactly what sparked the madness.
Brandao was clearly waiting for Motta to come off the pitch and confronted him immediately before delivering the headbutt and running off. A large group of players and other personnel were forced to calm the situation.
Ligue 1 and the French Football Federation will likely look into the incident. It definitely wouldn't be a surprise to see a ban handed out to Brandao for attacking an opposing player following a match, but more details will need to get gathered first.
Robin Bairner of Goal reports PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is seeking a lifetime ban:
Peter McVitie of Goal.com later provided an additional statement from Al-Khelaifi discussing the incident with reporters:
This is very serious. We cannot let this go. It gives a very bad image of football.
I hope the Bastia player who did it will be severely punished. A landmark decision needs to be made and a heavy penalty handed out.
Our role is to protect the players, and when Thiago Motta is attacked like this, we must act to counter that.
Thiago has a broken nose and will miss four games. Everyone saw what happened. The images confirm this and there will inevitably be sanctions. We hope so. It spoils the game.
Also important to Paris Saint-Germain is the status of Motta. They had already lost star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to an apparent hip injury, as per Fox Soccer, during the match. Another key injury isn't the way the defending champions wanted to start the campaign.
More information will be provided as it becomes available, but the video points toward serious disciplinary action for Brandao.