The Blues pair has jumped to the defence of Los Blancos’ troubled defender.
The Portuguese international kicked Javier Casquero on the ground twice shortly after pushing the Geta midfielder to the turf to give away a late penalty, before he went on to exacerbate the issue by lashing out further at his opponents.
“I regret not being able to be there alongside Pepe to help him overcome this situation,” Deco was quoted as saying by A Bola.
“The error has already been committed and he is now suffering very much. I believe that he can carry out his punishment with his head held high. The important thing now is to support and defend him.”
Pepe’s defensive partner in the national team, Carvalho, said, “He made a mistake, but everyone can make a mistake once in their lifetime.
“The bottom line is that he immediately recognised his error and apologised to everyone. He is an exemplary professional, a companion with a great character, and someone who is always willing to help a fellow team-mate.”
KS Leong, Goal.com