PSG forward Neymar’s three-game European ban for unruly behavior against match officials has been reduced to two by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
It can be recalled that the 27-year-old Brazil international was charged by UEFA after Paris Saint-Germain’s exit at home to Manchester United in the Round 16 of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League on March 6.
Neymar tagged the 94th minuted penalty awarded to the Red Devils on the night a disgrace. It was a decision that proved to be very decisive in the tie.
Therefore, Neymar will only miss two games against Real Madrid and Galatasaray and return to face Belgian side Club Brugge on October 22.
The Ligue 1 giants took the case to CAS after their appeal against the ban was rejected by UEFA. Meanwhile, CAS has revealed that it will publish the reasons behind their ruling in the coming weeks.
Funny enough, Neymar played no part in the game against Manchester United due to a broken metatarsal. The penalty which ensured PSG’s elimination was given after a review of a shot which hit Presnel Kimpembe’s hands in injury time although the referee Damir Skomina had initially whistled for a corner.
Marcus Rashford stepped up to convert the penalty in a 3:1 win for Man United to tie the game at 3:3 and boost their away goals advantage.
After the game, Neymar took to social media and wrote: “It’s a disgrace. Four guys who know nothing about football watch a slow-motion replay in front of the television.
“What can he do with his hand while his back is turned?”