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Brazil’s Jesus gets two-month ban for bad behaviour

Published: August 08, 2019 14:11:31 | Updated: August 12, 2019 12:05:32


In this file photo dated Monday, July 2, 2018, Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus controls the ball during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia. Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus extended his Manchester City contract on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, to 2023, adding two more years to his previous deal - AP Photo/Andre Penner, FILE

Striker Gabriel Jesus has been suspended from international matches with Brazil for two months because of bad behaviour in the latest Copa América final.

The governing body of South American soccer, CONMEBOL, also announced Wednesday that it fined the 22-year-old Jesus $30,000 for actions it considers insulting and defamatory during Brazil's 3-1 win over Peru in the July 7 decider.

Jesus was sent off after a second yellow card at the 70-minute mark in the South American cup final, reports the Associated Press.

He protested the decision with hand gestures suggesting the referee had been paid off and then pushed the video assistant referee feed on the sidelines.

Brazil and Jesus can still appeal the decision.

If the punishment stands, Jesus will miss Brazil's friendlies against Colombia and Peru in September. He could also be sidelined for another two matches in October.

 

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