Laurent Blanc surprised by `excessive` Brandao jail term
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said Friday he considered the one-month jail term imposed on Bastia striker Brandao for headbutting Thiago Motta as "disproportionate".
Paris: Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said Friday he considered the one-month jail term imposed on Bastia striker Brandao for headbutting Thiago Motta as "disproportionate".
"I find it excessive. Is he going to do it? I don`t know, he`s not actually going to serve a month in prison but do something for the community," Blanc told a press conference ahead of Saturday`s Ligue 1 clash against Nice, before asking journalists to "move on to something else".
Brandao was on Thursday jailed for a month and fined 20,000 euros ($25,000) for headbutting PSG midfielder Motta after a league game last August.
The three judges went beyond the prosecutor`s request for an eight-month suspended term and 15,000 euros ($18,000) fine.
However, Yves Madre, the President of the Paris court, implied the 34-year-old could benefit from a reduced sentence, and may eventually avoid prison.
Brandao is currently in hospital receiving treatment after undergoing a thigh operation last week.
CCTV security cameras at the Parc des Princes on August 16 showed Brandao headbutting Brazilian-born Italian midfielder Motta and then running away to the Bastia changing rooms leaving the Paris player with a broken nose.
Brandao claimed he had been insulted by Motta throughout the match, but denied the attack was calculated.
French football authorities had already hit Brandao with a six-month playing ban, ruling him out until February.
Neither Motta nor PSG however filed a complaint against Brandao.