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Madrid's Pepe given 10-match ban

Pepe was sent-off against Getafe on Tuesday
Pepe (right) lost control against Getafe

Real Madrid defender Pepe has been given a 10-match ban for his violent behaviour and abuse of officials after he was sent off against Getafe.

Pepe pushed Francisco Casquero to concede a penalty with the score level close to the end of Tuesday's match.

He then kicked the grounded Casquero and raked his studs over the player's back before striking Getafe's Juan Albin in the ensuing melee.

Pepe was given a straight red and abused officials as he left the pitch.

The 26-year-old is reported to have said "you are all sons of whores" to the fourth official.

Getafe failed to convert the penalty and Real Madrid went on to win, with Higuain scoring an injury-time winner. Pepe returned to the field of play to celebrate after the final whistle in another breach of regulations.

The Portugal international will miss Real Madrid's remaining six games of the Spanish season, including next week's match against Barcelona.

The ban has been handed down by the Spanish football association (RFEF).

Disciplinary committee president Alfredo Florez explained that one game was for the red card, one for his offensive comments towards officials and eight for aggression towards opponents.

Pepe has since apologised for his behaviour but Getafe president Angel Torres said in newspaper Marca: "Pepe's attitude was unforgiveable."



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