Former Spurs target Leandro Damiao given 6-game ban for bizarre offence

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The Santos striker was heavily linked to Tottenham during his time at Internacional.

One time Tottenham target Leandro Damiao has been found guilty of the most peculiar of offences during Santos's 3-0 loss to Criciuma last week, having pulled his own shirt to con the referee into awarding a penalty for the Brazilian giants.

And nowaftera tribunal in Sao Paulo agreed that the former Internacional man had attempted to mislead the referee, they hit the player with a six-match ban.

When questioned about the incident, Damiao said he was merely trying to pull the shirt free as it stuck to his back and denied that he was seeking to win a spot kick.

The striker lost his place in the Brazil squad ahead of the World Cup despite frequent appearances in Luiz Felipe Scolari's squads before the tournament.

Damiao's form has tailed off since a couple of outstanding seasons in Porto Alegre that saw him net 64 goals in 96 games. The 25-year-old was consistently linked with moves to Europe during that time, with Tottenham particularly closely linked as a result of their relationship with Internacional.

That move never came off, with Damiao instead staying in Brazil after switching to Santos at the start of the year.

He has found the going tough since the move, scoring 9 goals in 33 matches, and will now miss the next half a dozen games as a result of the bizarre incident in the game with Criciuma.

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