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Ex-Madrid Star Pepe Faces Two-Year Ban From Football

Ex-Madrid Star Pepe Faces Two-Year Ban From Football

Former Real Madrid defender Pepe could be banned for up to two years after appearing to kick a Sporting Lisbon director during a brawl at the weekend.

Porto’s clash with Portuguese rivals Sporting ended in ugly scenes as four players were sent off after the game following a furious ruck involving Pepe.

In a 40-man brawl, Joao Palhinha, Bruno Tabata and Marchesin all joined Pepe in being dismissed after the game ended 2-2.

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Sebastian Coates had also been sent off during the match.

But it is Pepe who may end up with the most severe punishment.

The Portuguese international was red carded for an altercation with ex-Newcastle man Hugo Viana.

But reports from Portuguese newspaper A Bola now allege the report from referee Joao Pinheiro states that Pepe kicked a Sporting director – an act of violent conduct – although it is not clear he did so.

The director in question has not been named in the report and Pepe could not be reached for comment.

But, according to article 145 of the Disciplinary Regulation of the League of Clubs, this is considered a ‘very serious disciplinary offence’ which can incur a ban ranging from two months to two years.

In theory, a lengthy ban could mean the end of Pepe’s career – given he turns 39 years of age later this month.

Meanwhile, the match itself saw Porto fight back from two goals down to draw and maintain their six-point lead at the top of the table.

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