Bastia won't punish Brandao for headbutting Motta

August 18, 2014
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Paris Saint Germain's Thiago Motta, center and Bastia's Brandao, right, greets each other prior to the kick-off of a French League One soccer Match Paris Saint Germain against Bastia, while Argentinian Javier Pastore,left, stands next to them, at Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Saturday, Aug. 16. 2014. Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants Brandao to be banned for life after the Bastia striker headbutted Thiago Motta at the end of a French league match on Saturday. After Bastia's 2-0 loss to PSG, Brandao waited for Thiago Motta in the tunnel and headbutted the midfielder, leaving him with blood running down from his nose. Al-Khelaifi said the Italian had a broken nose, although the club had not disclosed any injury details. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

BASTIA, Corsica (AP) — Bastia has decided not to punish Brandao after the striker headbutted Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta at the end of a French league match.

In a statement Monday, Bastia says it will leave any decision up to the sporting authorities but adds it "reserves the right to take further action in the matter."

After Bastia's 2-0 loss to PSG, Brandao waited for Thiago Motta in the tunnel and headbutted the Italy international, leaving him with a broken nose.

Bastia says it "condemns without any ambiguity the gesture of its forward" but adds that it "also deplores the equally unacceptable behavior of certain players who don't stop insulting and provoking their opponents."

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi called for Brandao to be banned for life.