A furious Paris Saint-Germain have called for Bastia’s Brazilian forward Brandao to be given a life-time ban after he appeared to headbutt Thiago Motta at the end of a French league match on Saturday, leaving the midfielder with a broken nose.
Images from surveillance cameras in the tunnel at PSG’s Parc des Princes stadium showed Brandao waiting for Motta to approach him at the end of Bastia’s 2-0 Ligue 1 defeat to the reigning French champions on Saturday evening.
Brandao then appears to headbutt the Brazil-born Italy international in the face, before immediately running away toward his team’s dressing room as PSG players chase after him.
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said Motta had been left with a broken nose, although the club had not disclosed any injury details, and that Brandao should be severely punished.
“He must be banned for life,” Al-Khelaifi told French television. “The French league must make a strong decision against him.”
Meanwhile, PSG's Brazilian captain Thiago Silva, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, used his Instagram account to attack the 34-year-old former Marseille player.
"I want to know how many matches this guy will be suspended for...a guy who is always disloyal!! Who always wants to talk instead of play," wrote Silva, who in May last year was suspended for shoving a referee during a Ligue 1 match against Valenciennes.
"If I got three matches two years ago for touching the referee...Imagine an assault like that?? The fourth official saw everything, I was by his side when this guy attacked our player."
Brandao received a yellow card in the 31st minute for fouling PSG defender Marquinhos and was replaced in the 72nd.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc also accused Brandao of being responsible for the injury that forced full-back Gregory Van der Wiel to come off at half-time of the game.
“If my player started the fight, that’s not worthy of a professional and we will impose sanctions on him accordingly,” Bastia coach Claude Makelele said.
PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off injured, after apparently straining a muscle in his side, after just 14 minutes of the match against the Corsicans, before goals from Lucas and Edinson Cavani gave PSG their first Ligue 1 win of the campaign.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)
Date created : 2014-08-17