Pepe Faces Two-Year Ban From Football

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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.

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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…



Source: Complete Sports