FIFA World Cup: Pepe banned and fined for Mueller headbutt

Rio de Janeiro: FIFA on Thursday banned Portugal defender Pepe for one match and fined him for the head butt he carried out on Germany`s Thomas Mueller in their World Cup clash.

A FIFA statement said that the 31-year-old Real Madrid defender, who was red-carded for the incident, had been fined 15,000 Swiss francs (12,300 euros).

Pepe`s arm caught Mueller during Monday`s Group H match and the German fell to the ground grimacing. Pepe infuriated at what he considered Mueller`s playacting then pushed his head onto the German`s forehead and got an immediate red card.

Germany, already leading 2-0, went on to win 4-0.

Uruguay`s Maxi Pereira, already banned for his red card against Costa Rica in their Group D game on Saturday was fined 10,000 Swiss francs (8,200 euros).

Pereira kicked Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell towards the end of the game and now misses his country`s crucial game against England on Thursday.

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