Bastia releases deplorable double-edged “condemnation” of Brandão’s headbutt

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Ligue 1 club SC Bastia tried to quell a media firestorm over striker Brandão after the 34-year-old veteran executed his own version of Order 66 on PSG’s Thiago Motta.

Brandão waited for the PSG midfielder in the tunnel and targeted Motta with a headbutt which resulted in a broken nose.

Now, the club has issued the following statement, complete with a moronic caveat at the end which completely undercuts the basis of the statement:

In this statement, SC Bastia unequivocally condemns the gesture of striker Brandao on Thiago Motta after the final whistle of the match between PSG and Bastia. Pending additional news, Sporting reserves any possibility of further action in this matter.

Each club at some point in its history may be faced with unacceptable actions of one of its employees. The officers, staff, and players in now way reflect the actions of this individual and the authorities have the power to impose sporting sanctions.

May we however simply be allowed to lament the equally unacceptable behavior of some players who are constantly insulting and provoking their opponents.

We therefore call on all parties to exercise restraint so that the matter be dealt with in the most fair and equitable way there is.

No, Bastia, you may not lament the “equally unacceptable behavior.” The fact that the club would even come close to equating the sledging of a player on the pitch to a physical assault which, quite frankly, would hopefully be followed up by the police with a legal charge, is simply appalling.

[MORE: Player headbutts Thiago Motta in the tunnel, breaking his nose – Video]

Sure, the club is trying to protect its own player, but in this instance, there is simply no protecting or defending what he did by telling us he was riled up by “constant insulting and provoking.”

In what seems like a trivial statement, Bastia have proven they don’t fully grasp the seriousness of what occurred in the tunnel after the match.

Hopefully there will be a swift and long suspension for a player, as there is simply no place for the intentional injuring of an opponent, especially outside the playing field.  While I don’t think PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi will get his wish that the player be banned for life, there’s certainly a chance Brandão doesn’t play again this season and at 34 years old his career could end up in shambles.

UPDATE: PSG has responded, saying they appreciate the gesture but are surprised that Bastia has not sanctioned the player whatsoever.  The Parisians called Brandão’s headbutt an “extremely violent gesture [which] is inexcusable and calls for exemplary sanctions from the football league’s Disciplinary Commission.”

Zlatan becomes PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 21:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic #10 of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates his goal in the second half against AFC Fiorentina during the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 21, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.Paris Saint-Germain defeated ACF Fiorentina 4-2.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.

After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.

Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.

Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.

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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.

Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.

Atletico and Real draw 1-1 in Madrid derby

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 04: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF wins the header after Gabi Fernandez of Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.

Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.

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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.

Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.

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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.

The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.