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Arsenal legend 'punched' in Indian Super League match - report

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Robert Pires was reported to have been punched while turning out for FC Goa.

Arsenal legend and Invincible Robert Pires has allegedly been punched during FC Goa's 2-1 loss against Atletico Kolkata, according to the midfielder's manager.

"Pires said he was punched in the face by the Atletico coach and it is very shameful,” Zico said. "I don't think that Pires would lie and say something that didn't happen.”

ISL spokesperson Leeladhar Singh confirmed the matter is now under investigation, with former Bolivia manager Antonio Lopez Habas the man accused of landing a blow on the ex Marseille star.

“Both clubs have submitted written letters,” he said. “The disciplinary committee at the AIFF (All India Football Federation) is reviewing the incident."

After leaving Arsenal in 2006 Pires enjoyed a fine autumn to his career with Villarreal in La Liga, making over 100 appearances in the Spanish top flight.

His return to the Premier League with Aston Villa wasn't such a success, making only a handful of appearances in his season in Birmingham.

Which is why it was some surprise when the World Cup winner signed up to the Indian Super League project despite being 40-years-old, joining FC Goa alongside fellow Gunners old boy Andre Santos.

With Brazilian legend Zico in charge, Goa find themselves 6th in the league of 8 sides, and given that the incident with Pires is one of the biggest pieces of news to appear since the inaugural season started, the Frenchman could be forgiven for wishing he would have turned down the offer of a deal.  

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