Ex-Real Madrid star and FC Porto centre back, Pepe could be banned for up to two years for physical assault after he kicked a Sporting Lisbon director during a brawl.
On Friday, 11th February, Porto’s clash with their Portuguese rivals Sporting ended in an ugly scenes as four players were sent off after the game following a furious squabble involving Pepe.
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In the brawl that involved 40 men, Joao Palhinha, Bruno Tabata and Marchesin all joined the former Real Madrid defender in being dismissed after the game ended 2-2.
But it is Pepe who may end up with the most severe punishment as reports from Portuguese newspaper A Bola allege the report from referee Joao Pinheiro states that Pepe kicked a Sporting director .
The director in question has not been named in the report 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.
A lengthy ban could mean the end of Pepe’s career – given he turns 39 years of age later this month.
Ex-Real Madrid Star Pepe Faces Two-year Ban From Football