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Ligue 1: Brandao handed six-month ban for Motta headbutt

updated 10:25 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
<strong>November 2014:</strong> Brandao, right, was given a one-month jail sentence for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta in August. November 2014: Brandao, right, was given a one-month jail sentence for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta in August.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Brazilian-born striker earns six-month ban for headbutt on PSG midfielder Thiago Motta
  • Brandao playing in only second match for Corsica-based club after joining from Saint Etienne
  • The 34-year-old is available for selection again at end of February 2015

(CNN) -- Brazilian-born striker Brandao had been handed a six-month ban for headbutting Paris St Germain midfielder Thiago Motta at Parc des Princes on August 16.

Brandao, who plays for French Ligue 1 side Bastia managed by Claude Makelele, assaulted the Italy international in the tunnel following the match which PSG won 2-0.

The 34-year-old can be seen on CCTV waiting around before striking Motta and then running off out of shot with the PSG man following in hot pursuit.

Brandao was playing in only his second match for the Corsica-based club after joining from Saint Etienne in the summer. He was suspended for four weeks following the attack which broke Motta's nose.

Last season, he was banned for three matches for elbowing another PSG player, Yohan Cabaye, in the head.

"Brandao will be available to play again on Feb. 22, 2015," the French league's disciplinary committee said in a statement following a hearing on Thursday, meaning the striker will miss 24 league matches in total.

Meanwhile in England Friday, Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was given a three-game ban and fined £50,000 ($82,000) by the English Football Association (FA) for improper conduct after congratulating Nicolas Anelka on his "quenelle" gesture on social media.

Anelka used the gesture, which involves pointing a straightened arm downwards while touching the shoulder of that arm with the other hand, while playing for West Bromwich Albion during a match last December.

Some believe it to be a Nazi salute in reverse and it has been linked with anti-Semitism in France.

Anelka, who was fined £80,000 ($130,000) and handed a five-match ban by the FA in February, denied being racist or anti-Semitic, saying the gesture was a dedication to French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala.

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