Brandao Handed 6-Month Ban for Headbutting Thiago Motta After PSG vs. Bastia

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

Brazilian striker Brandao leaves the French league disciplinary hearing, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Brandao attends a French league disciplinary hearing for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta and breaking his nose after a match between PSG and Bastia last month. He has already been provisionally suspended but could face a lengthy ban. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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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:

French football writer Jonathan Johnson provides details on when Brandao can return:

Brandao plans to appeal the suspension, according to Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson: 

Updates from Friday, Aug. 22

Andy Scott of the AFP notes that Brandao has a court date set for November:

Bleacher Report's Andy Brassell reports that Brandao could still face charges:

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson has the latest on Brandao's potential punishment:

Johnson adds the punishments Brandao faces:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21 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:

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:

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:

Bastia, though, have confirmed in a club statement they will be taking no further action against their player, per

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:

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17

Jonathan Johnson of ESPNFC reported on Thiago Motta's decision following Brandao's headbutt:

Earlier, PSG confirmed Thiago Motta's fractured nose following Saturday's incident (via Tom Williams of AFP):

Johnson also reported action Bastia is considering following the incident:

PSG defender David Luiz also weighed in on the situation, courtesy of'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. 

Original Text

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:

James Horncastle of BT Sport provided a picture following the altercation which shows Motta with blood dripping from his nose:

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 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.


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