I may have been on vacation these last few days but I would have had to have been living under a rock not to know what occurred during the 2-0 win over Bastia last Saturday. In what was our first victory of the season with Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura getting off the mark, SC Bastia’s thug of a ‘so called’ footballer, assaulted our own Thiago Motta with a head-butt that left him with a broken, bloodied nose.
I know the LFP are going to take a decision soon on this, perhaps even tonight (AFP) but if this complete and utter disgrace to the game is not banned for at least a year, then something is not right. I hate to use comparisons but if Luis Suarez gets the kind of ban he did for a bite, then this should be far greater due to the extent of the injury sustained as well as the sheer lunacy of the attack.
It is unprecedented in my memory for this kind of thing to happen. Had this occurred outside a football pitch, on a normal everyday street, the police would be involved and that aggravator would end up with a criminal record. So something has to be done here and an example has to be made. French secretary of state for sports Thierry Braillard publicly lambasting the incident by calling it ‘scandalous’ is a good thing and hopefully the LFP are listening which I am sure they are.
I am not getting on my high horse but from my own personal point of view – and I say virtually everyone would agree – acts like that have no place in society, let alone in sport. Brandao needs to have the book thrown at him and if Bastia (who did condemn the act) will not punish him, then the LFP need to do the right thing and make sure this person does not enter a football pitch for the foreseeable future.
Nobody should ever be a victim to that, never.