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World Cup: Pepe banned and fined for Mueller headbutt

FIFA on Thursday banned Portugal defender Pepe for one match and fined him for the headbutt he carried out on Germany's Thomas Mueller in their World Cup clash.

RIO DE JANEIRO: FIFA on Thursday banned Portugal defender Pepe for one match and fined him for the headbutt he carried out on Germany's Thomas Mueller in their World Cup clash.

A FIFA statement said that the 31-year-old Real Madrid defender, who was red-carded for the incident, had been fined 15,000 Swiss francs (12,300 euros).

Pepe's arm caught Mueller during Monday's match and the German fell to the ground grimacing. Pepe, infuriated at what he considered Mueller's play-acting, then pushed his head onto the German's forehead and got an immediate red card.

Germany, already leading 2-0, went on to win 4-0.

Uruguay's Maxi Pereira, already banned for his red card against Costa Rica in their Group D game on Saturday was fined 10,000 Swiss francs (8,200 euros).

Pereira kicked Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell toward the end of the game and now misses his country's crucial game against England on Thursday.

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