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Bastia striker Brandao banned for 6 months for head-butting PSG midfielder Thiago Motta

  • Brazilian striker Brandao, left, and his lawyer Olivier Martin answer media as they leaves the French league disciplinary hearing, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Brandao attends a French league disciplinary hearing for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta and breaking his nose after a match between PSG and Bastia last month. He has already been provisionally suspended but could face a lengthy ban. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Brazilian striker Brandao, left, and his lawyer Olivier Martin answer media as they leaves the French league disciplinary hearing, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Brandao attends a French league disciplinary hearing for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta and breaking his nose after a match between PSG and Bastia last month. He has already been provisionally suspended but could face a lengthy ban. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazilian striker Brandao leaves the French league disciplinary hearing, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Brandao attends a French league disciplinary hearing for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta and breaking his nose after a match between PSG and Bastia last month. He has already been provisionally suspended but could face a lengthy ban. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Brazilian striker Brandao leaves the French league disciplinary hearing, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Brandao attends a French league disciplinary hearing for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta and breaking his nose after a match between PSG and Bastia last month. He has already been provisionally suspended but could face a lengthy ban. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazilian striker Brandao, center, leaves the French league disciplinary hearing, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Brandao attended a French league disciplinary hearing for head butting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta and breaking his nose after a match between PSG and Bastia last month. He has already been provisionally suspended but could face a lengthy ban. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Brazilian striker Brandao, center, leaves the French league disciplinary hearing, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Brandao attended a French league disciplinary hearing for head butting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta and breaking his nose after a match between PSG and Bastia last month. He has already been provisionally suspended but could face a lengthy ban. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

Bastia striker Brandao was banned for six months by the French league on Thursday for head-butting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta after a league match last month.

Provisionally suspended since Aug. 22, Brandao was banned to Feb. 22 after a league disciplinary hearing.

The 34-year-old Brazilian waited in the dressing room corridor for 20 minutes after being substituted, and as the players came off he walked over to Motta and butted him in the face before running away.

Motta's nose was broken in the incident, and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi called for Brandao to be banned for life.

Brandao, a burly striker who had spells with Saint-Etienne and Marseille before joining the Corsican club, was accompanied by his lawyer at the LFP hearing.

He won the French league and two League Cups with Marseille from 2009-12.