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JUST IN: CAS reduce Neymar's ban for PSG in Champions League

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 17/09/2019

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced Neymar’s punishment to two-match ban in the Champions League after the Brazilian star insulted the match officials.

The decision means the Superstar will be available free to play against Club Brugge on October 22.

Neymar will still miss matches against Real Madrid on Wednesday and the away trip to Galatasaray in two weeks, the former Barcelona star was found guilty of abuse on social media after the Ligue 1 Champions was eliminated by Manchester United in the second round the Parc des Prince Stadium.

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Neymar did not play in the game due to injury but he was at the Stadium and after the match, he posted comments that attracted the ban after PSG conceded a stoppage-time penalty.

A CAS statement read: "CAS has rendered its final decision in the appeal filed by the French club Paris Saint-Germain and the player Neymar Da Silva Santos Jr. against the decision taken by the Uefa Appeals Body on 18 June 2019.

"The player was found to have insulted match officials through social media at the end of the Champions League match Paris St-Germain vs Manchester United on 6 March 2019 and sanctioned with a 3-match suspension from Uefa competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible. Following an appeal filed on 18 July 2019 by both Paris Saint-Germain and the player, this CAS procedure was referred to a Sole Arbitrator, Prof. Ulrich Haas (Germany).

"A hearing was held at the CAS headquarters on 13 September 2019, during which the parties and their legal representatives were heard. In the application of Art. 15 (1) lit. b of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations which provides for a minimum suspension of two matches in case of “abusive language” directed at a match official, the Sole Arbitrator partially upheld the appeal and reduced the suspension imposed by Uefa on Neymar Jr. to two (2) Uefa competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible. The full award with reasons will be published by the CAS in a few weeks."
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