Brandao suspended over Motta incident

21 August 2014 21:34

Bastia’s Brandao has been banned by the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) over an incident involving Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta.

Brandao appeared to headbutt the Italian midfielder in the tunnel following his side’s 2-0 defeat to the French champions on Saturday,

PSG later confirmed that Motta had sustained a broken nose, while Bastia “unequivocally condemned” their player’s actions.

Bastia opted to leave any punishment up to the French football authorities, with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi calling for Brandao to be banned for life.

On Thursday it was confirmed the LFP had suspended Brandao until a hearing on September 18.

The 34-year-old is in his first season at Bastia after joining from Saint-Etienne, but will now miss at least three Ligue 1 fixtures – against Toulouse, Bordeaux and Lens – before his hearing next month.