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Brown misses return flight to Scotland

Brown was forced to stop over in Austria. Credit: PA

Celtic skipper Scott Brown did not return with the squad after Thursday night's 2-2 draw with Salzburg in Austria as he missed the returning plane to Glasgow due to a routine drugs test.

The Hoops midfielder scored his side's second goal in an enthralling Group D encounter and was picked for the obligatory drugs test after the game.

Celtic had to leave on a designated 2255 flight which meant the Scotland midfielder had to stay behind for the night.

Celtic expect him to return later on Friday ahead of Sunday's Premiership clash against Motherwell at Celtic Park.

Brandao handed six month ban for headbutt

Brandao will not play until late February 2015. Credit: PA

Bastia striker Brandao has been handed a six-month ban for his headbutt on Paris St Germain's Thiago Motta, the Ligue de Football Professionnel has announced.

A statement read: "After hearing players Thiago Motta and Brandao accompanied by representatives of both clubs, the Commission imposes a six-month suspension on Brandao for his actions towards Thiago Motta. Brandao will be qualified to play again from February 22, 2015."

Brandao will now miss Bastia's next 21 Ligue 1 matches after making just two appearances for the club following his summer switch from the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.


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