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Santos punished over coin-throwing

February 19, 2013
By ESPN staff

Brazilian side Santos have been given a one-match home ban as a result of supporters throwing coins at former player Paulo Henrique Ganso.

Ganso
PA PhotosGanso took the decision to remain in his homeland with Sao Paulo

Ganso, 23, was the target of coins thrown by fans during Sao Paulo's meeting with his former club Santos on February 3.

Santos' representative, Joao Gazola, played down the incident at the time, saying: "Nobody wanted to hurt the player.

"It was a protest by a few people. The coins symbolised discontent, that was all. I hope he is happy at Sao Paulo but Santos are much greater."

However, the Sao Paulo Tribunal for Sporting Justice has imposed a one-match home ban on the club, who ply their trade at Vila Belmiro.

Ganso, whose career has recently been hampered by injuries, left Santos for Sao Paulo in September last year after being linked with a move to Europe.