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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.

Radiot on Roma radar

Roma have declared an interest in signing French midfielder Adrien Rabiot next year, but deny any agreement has been reached with his club Paris St Germain.

"We have no secret agreement with PSG regarding Rabiot. The reports in the media are simply rumours.

It's true that we are interested in him, but he is not our player.

– Roma's French coach Rudi Garcia speaking to French TV station Canal Plus


PSG president wants lengthy ban for Brandao

Brandao and Motta challenge for the ball in March 2014. Credit: PA

Paris St Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has called for Bastia forward Brandao to be banned for life after he appeared to headbutt Thiago Motta in the tunnel following PSG's 2-0 win at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

"This is very serious," he said. "It cannot be overlooked. It gives football a very bad image. I hope the Bastia player who did this will be very seriously punished. It is a landmark moment and requires a heavy penalty. This is not football.

"Our role is to protect the players, and when Thiago Motta is attacked like this, we must act. I am very upset."

Zlatan eyes retirement

Zlatan Ibrahimovic expects to finish his career after his contract at Paris St Germain ends in two years' time.

The Sweden striker is in his third season with the capital club and is under contract for a fourth, after which he feels the time may be right for him to take his leave of the world stage.

I have a contract until 2016.

I will be 34 next season and I don't see myself continuing to play at the top level after that. So probably the answer is yes.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking to ESPN

David Luiz "privileged" to join PSG

David Luiz is ready to put his World Cup nightmare behind him by helping Paris St Germain make a push for the Champions League trophy.

Luiz has had time to "digest" the fall-out from that embarrassing night in Belo Horizonte and is now keen to help PSG in their double aim of winning a third straight league title and claiming the European Cup for the very first time.

If the World Cup had finished at the quarter-final stage then you wouldn't be asking questions about my ability.

I've had time to digest the end of our World Cup and now I'm ready to do everything to help PSG.

I feel privileged. I'm part of a fantastic team in which everyone has something to teach me. It's wonderful to be part of this project.

I am very happy to have joined a big club and I'm just eager to start playing.

– PSG defender David Luiz
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