April 26, 2009
Pepe suspended for ten matches,Real Madrid will appeal
The Portuguese player was guilty of kicking Javier Casquero, punching Juan Albin and also verbally abusing the officials as he was taken from the pitch.
He will now be out for the rest of the season and will play no further part in the title chase as Madrid look to close the gap on Barcelona at the top of the table.
With six games left this season the defender will also miss the first four matches of the next campaign.
There was good news from the Committee too though as Gonzalo Higuain had the yellow card that he picked up against Getafe rescinded.
That booking was the fifth of the season for the Argentine and he would have been suspended for the game with Sevilla this weekend, but will now be free to play.
Higuain is the top scorer for Madrid and his goal in the dying moments on Tuesday kept up the pressure on Barcelona at the top of the table.
Him scoring might well have landed Pepe in more hot water though as he ran onto the pitch to celebrate the goal, after he had already been dismissed.
Real Madrid are likely to appeal the decision by the Committee and they will have ten days to do so.