The three – along with Hugo Viana – went through some sort of disciplinary process and were pre-emptively suspended after the derby. The director of Sporting, however, has not been implicated at this stage of the trial.
The Disciplinary Board (CD) of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has decided to accuse Pepe, Tabata and Luís Gonçalves, general manager of FC Porto, of having committed serious offenses following the confusion generated on the lawn of the Estádio do Dragão after the final whistle in the encounter between dragons and lions, round 22 of the championship.
The FC Porto center and the Sporting winger have been subject to disciplinary proceedings and a preventive suspension for two games. Both are charged with very serious offences, as they are accused of attacking leaders.
According to the report of João Pinheiro, referee of the match, Pepe “kicked a manager of the opposing team”, assuming it was Hugo Viana, and Tabata “pushed a manager of the opposing team”, in the case of Luís Gonçalves, who was also subject to disciplinary proceedings and a preventive suspension of 20 days, as was Hugo Viana, sporting director of Sporting. In the case of both coaches, for entering the field of play “to cause a conflict with an opponent”.
It is recalled that this indictment is followed by the trial hearing and that there is a possibility of appeal in the event of conviction, which may begin with the presentation of an injunction to suspend the condemnatory effects.
It is also important to mention that the championship ends on the weekend of May 15, with the 34th round.