Palacios, Pereira hit with one-game bans

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 17, 2014, 05:21 AM IST

Rio de Janeiro: Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios and Uruguay`s Maxi Pereira were hit with one-game suspensions on Monday after their World Cup first round red cards, FIFA confirmed.

Palacios, sent off collecting a second yellow card for an ugly barge on France`s Paul Pogba on Sunday, will miss his country`s next match against Ecuador.

Pereira, dismissed for a stamp in Uruguay`s shock 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday, is now suspended for the do-or-die duel with England on Thursday.

A one-match suspension is automatically enforced for a dismissal, but FIFA`s disciplinary panel has the option of increasing the ban for serious offences, such as foul play which injures an opponent.

Portugal defender Pepe, sent off for aiming a head butt at Germany`s Thomas Mueller on Monday, will discover his punishment in the next few days.