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Hulk attack yields four-month ban

  • Reuters, Friday, February 19, 2010 12:54 PM

Porto's Brazilian striker Hulk has been suspended from Portuguese league play for four months for assaulting a game secruity guard in the tunnel at the end of a game against Benfica in December. Porto's Romanian defender Cristian Sapunaru got a six-month ban for attacking a pair of security stewards.

“The punishments are exceptionally lower than the legal minimum (of between six months and three years) … because the inquiry concluded that the stewards provoked the players in the tunnel,” the league’s disciplinary committee chief Ricardo Costa said.

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