Neymar suspended for three matches

Neymar suspended for three matches

The Paris Saint-Germain striker was given a three-game ban on Friday for lashing out at a fan following a loss in the French Cup final last month, a punishment that capped another disappointing season for the Brazilian.

PSG said in a statement it finds the sanction "severe" and has decided with Neymar to appeal the decision.

After Rennes beat PSG 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the final at the Stade de France, Neymar reacted angrily to a fan who was filming and verbally goading players as they walked up the stairs to collect their runner-up medals. Other PSG players, including Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti, were verbally abused by the same person and ignored him.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel criticized Neymar for the spat and the Brazilian player later apologized.

The ban starts Monday, ruling Neymar out of PSG's last two league games. He can, however, play with the French champions at Angers on Saturday.

Brazil forward will also miss the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on Aug. 3.

Neymar has also been suspended for three games by UEFA for insulting the video review officials who awarded Manchester United's stoppage-time penalty when PSG was eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16.

ESPN 

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