Neymar is handed a three-match ban for PUNCHING a Rennes fan following PSG’s surprise defeat in the French Cup final
- Neymar handed three-match suspension for altercation after French Cup final
- PSG’s Brazilian forward reacted to an insult from a Rennes fan after defeat
- Neymar lashed out at the fan as he went to collect his runners-up medal
- The incident was filmed by those nearby and was shared on social media
- He will miss PSG’s remaining Ligue 1 fixtures this season
- Neymar will appeal his three-match UEFA ban for criticising match officials
Video then emerged of an incident in which the Brazilian star reacted to a comment by a Rennes supporter as he went to collect his runners-up medal.
Neymar lashed out at the Stade de France following PSG’s French Cup final loss to Rennes
The Brazilian star has been handed a three match suspension with a further two suspended
A view of the man who was on the receiving end of Neymar’s swinging right arm in Paris
Multiple cameras were aimed at Neymar as he reacted angrily before collecting a medal
He exchanged words with the fan, who was filming him on his mobile phone, and then lashed out.
The French Football Association has announced Neymar will be suspended for three domestic matches with a further two matches suspended.
PSG announced within hours of the decision their intention to appeal.
A club statement said: ‘Considering the insults suffered by several of the Club’s players, including Neymar, at the end of the Coupe de France final, plus the various elements sent by PSG to the disciplinary commission, we consider this sanction severe.’
Meanwhile, Neymar will appeal the separate three-game suspension handed down by UEFA for the Champions League.
He was sanctioned for criticising the match officials during PSG’s defeat to Manchester United in the second leg of the last-16 tie at Parc des Princes.
‘This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR,’ Neymar wrote on social media.
‘There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back! Go f**k yourselves!’
United were awarded a controversial penalty in stoppage time when the official consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and Marcus Rashford converted to send United through on away goals.
Moussa Diaby (left) was walking behind Neymar and attempted to play the role of peacemaker
Footage taken from the phone that Neymar had batted away was uploaded to Snapchat
The caption of the Snapchat post read in French: ‘Neymar who gave me a potato’
UEFA suspended Neymar on April 26, meaning he will miss the first three group matches of next season’s Champions League, but he has decided to appeal.
With three matches of the Ligue 1 season remaining, it means Neymar will serve out his domestic suspension this season.
They travel to Angers on Saturday before matches against Dijon next Saturday and Reims the following weekend.
With reports that Neymar wants to leave the Paris club this summer, he could well have played his final match for them.
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