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Pepe’s actions in Porto’s draw with Sporting Lisbon must mark the end of his career and be a fitting finale

ONCE an internet comic meme, Pepe the Frog has been named a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League by the Anti-Defamation League.

Something quite similar happened to another one Pepe who is not a frog but Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreiraowners of all kinds of records but whose occupation statistics have been ravaged by violence.

Porto midfielder Pepe received his latest red card against Sporting Lisbon and here clashed with Matheus Nunes

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Porto midfielder Pepe received his latest red card against Sporting Lisbon and here clashed with Matheus NunesCredit: EPA
Too often, Portugal defender Pepe should have used his head in a better way

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Too often, Portugal defender Pepe should have used his head in a better wayCredit: AP

He has other uses for his head besides making contact with the ball and once also stamping Lionel Messihand in one Real Madrid fight with Barcelona match.

You might say, “What a scammer.” But not necessarily to his side.

His The latest headbutt came at the last minute of Porto’s 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon.

It was the final straw for the referee, who probably sensed big trouble and called it the final whistle.

Chaos signal. The players hung around, not knowing what to do, while Pepe caused a chain reaction that got a lot of club officials, coaches and even ball boys involved.

In the chaos, the men shouted, argued, punched and waved.

The introduction is at the center of a spiral, taking on the name and perhaps the insults.

There had to be 50 men involved and in the end four players received red cards (another had been sent off before). One of them was Pepe, shouting, accusing and threatening.

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He doesn’t have much of a football career left. He will turn 39 next week and it is widely suggested that he will be suspended for two years.

Whether that happens or not, football players have to realize that they are not on the field to beat their opponents.

I understand they have to compete but your way for 20 years is not the way to do it.

Pepe, born in Brazil, settled in Portugal and has 123 caps for the national team, this is a well-deserved reward for the years of tireless work of the central defender with Real Madrid as they won the Champions League consecutively. . He was also central to Portugal’s success at Euro 2016.

Less commendable is his series of red cards. On 21 April 2009, he was involved in an incident with Getafe’s Javier Casquero with a score of 2–2 and with only minutes left to play.

He knocked him out in the box and was sent off. The red mist fell and he kicked Casquero twice, once in his shin and once in his back.

Lionel Messi is Pepe's most famous victim after being trampled while playing for Barcelona against Real Madrid in 2012

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Lionel Messi is Pepe’s most famous victim after being trampled while playing for Barcelona against Real Madrid in 2012Credit: AP: Associated Press

He is also not finished with the Spaniard. He also pushed his head into the field and stepped on him several times. In the ensuing melee, he struck Juan Angel Albin of Getafe.

His lunacy against Sporting bears strong similarities to his most recent attacks. Taking this opportunity, he received a ten-match ban.

Got another red card at the 2014 World Cup. In the first half of Portugal’s opening goal against Germany, he headed home against Thomas Muller. At the time, Muller was sitting on the ground and Pepe stepped over to support his ass. His team lost 4-0.

Pepe has now said goodbye to his career. Undoubtedly, some impressionable soul will land him a job in our game.

But the fact that one man can cause so much hatred and contempt is good reason to keep the stadium doors closed for him.

Maybe he was trying to clean his game but you need a scrub brush and a bucket of disinfectant to do even a little bit of the job.

So the events at Estadio do Dragao are a fitting curtain for Pepe the Frog.

There is one consolation. The audience did not participate.

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