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Striker jailed for a month for headbutt

BRANDAO-JAILPARIS, France- Bastia’s Brazilian striker Brandao was on Thursday jailed for a month and fined 20,000 euros ($25,000) for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta.

The President of the Paris court, however, implied the 34-year-old could benefit from a reduced sentencing and not a prison stay.

French prosecutors had requested an eight-month suspended term and 15,000 euros ($18,000) fine, against Brandao who waited for and headbutted Motta after a Ligue 1 game on August 16.

CCTV security cameras at Parc des Princes showed Brandao headbutting Brazilian-born Italian midfielder Motta and then ran away to the Bastia changing rooms leaving the Paris player with a broken nose.

Brandao claimed he had been insulted by Motta throughout the match, relating to a rape charge Brandao was cleared of in 2012.

He however denied that it was premeditated, claiming he had wanted to “have it out with Motta and then blew a fuse” in the heat of the moment.

The prosecutor had earlier described the player’s actions as calculated, pointing out to the magistrate that a threat of violence had been made earlier in the evening.

“On the pitch he (Brandao) said he’d be waiting for me afterwards, but I never thought he’d actually do it,” Motta told the police.

French football authorities have hit Brandao with a six-month playing ban, ruling him out until February.

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Brandao is currently in hospital receiving treatment for a thigh injury.

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