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Bastia opt not to punish Brandao

18 August 2014 17:35

Bastia have "unequivocally condemned" Brandao's altercation with Thiago Motta but have declined to take action against the Brazil forward.

Bastia slumped a 2-0 defeat at Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and footage emerged after the game that appeared to show Brandao, who is in his maiden season with the club, headbutt Motta in the tunnel.

PSG claimed the incident was an "assault" and revealed that Motta had suffered a broken nose.

However, while Bastia have criticised Brandao, they will leave any punishment to the French football authorities.

"SC Bastia unequivocally condemns the gesture of striker Brandao on Thiago Motta after the final whistle of the match between PSG and Bastia," read a statement on the club's official website.

"Pending additional news, Sporting [Bastia] reserves any possibility of further action in this matter."

Bastia went on to suggest that Brandao had been provoked, adding: "We lament the equally unacceptable behaviour or some players who are constantly insulting and provoking their opponents."

PSG reacted with a statement of their own, admitting their shock that Bastia had chosen not to take action.

It read: "We are surprised that the club has not sanctioned their player whose premeditated, extremely violent gesture is inexcusable and calls for exemplary sanctions from the football league's disciplinary commission.

"Paris Saint-Germain reserve the right to take further action if necessary."

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