Brazilian striker Brandao has been sentenced to one month in prison by a court in Paris for his headbutt on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta.
The 34-year-old was brought before the court following the incident in the tunnel at the Parc des Princes on 16 August. The two players had had an altercation during the match between PSG and Brandao’s club Bastia.
The President of the Paris court, Yves Madres, announced the sentence but added that Brandao could benefit from a reduced sentence and may not necessarily go to jail. He added that the judges had taken into account “the context and in particular the problems of violence inside stadia”.
The Brazilian was also given a €20,000 fine. He has currently serving a six-month suspension imposed on the French Football Federation following the incident.
After the sentencing Brandao’s counsel, Olivier Martin, described him as “a bit dazed.” He had argued in court that it was “an irrational act” and “a sudden impulse”. However, Thiago Motta was also interviewed by police following the incident and said: “On the pitch Brandao said he’d be waiting for me afterwards, but I never thought he’d actually do it.”
Brandao claimed he had been insulted by Motta during the match, but he waited for the PSG midfielder in the tunnel and CCTV cameras saw him deliver the headbutt which broke Motta’s nose.
Brandao saw an appeal against his six-month suspension rejected last week by the French Football Federation. He hasn’t played since the incident, but while he continues to train with the rest of the Bastia squad he recently picked up a thigh injury in training which will rule him out of action for the next three months.
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