- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil’s sports tribunal says Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia faces a 12-match suspension for stepping on an opponent in a Brazilian league match.

The Palmeiras player stepped on Flamengo midfielder Amaral following a battle over the ball in a match Wednesday. Valdivia was immediately sent off.

Playing in his first match in nearly a month following injury, Valdivia entered the match after the halftime break and played only about 30 minutes before the red card. He helped Palmeiras erase a 2-0 halftime deficit in a 2-2 draw.

The playmaker apologized and said he regretted his actions. Palmeiras coach Dorival Jr. said the club will punish Valdivia, but did not say how.

Palmeiras has the most national titles of any Brazilian club, but is currently in the relegation zone.

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