Neymar hit with a three-match ban for punching a fan

BELGRADE, SERBIA - DECEMBER 11: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain at Rajko Mitic Stadium on December 11, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Neymar has received a three-match following his altercation with a Rennes supporter after Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de France final defeat.

Despite Dani Alves and Neymar putting them in front, PSG ended up blowing a two-goal lead at the Stade de France when a Presnel Kimpembe own goal and Mexer’s header enabled Rennes to take the final into a penalty shoot-out.

Not helping matters for Thomas Tuchel’s side was Kylian Mbappe’s sending off late in the game.

To the surprise of everybody, though, Rennes went on to claim a memorable 6-5 win on penalties to win their first Coupe de France since 1971.

Neymar later made things worse for himself by being caught on camera striking a Rennes supporter as he climbed the stairs to receive his runners-up medal.

Now, the French Football Federation (FFF) have confirmed that Neymar will be banned for the next three domestic matches, with an additional two games suspended.

So, with just three Ligue 1 games remaining, Neymar’s club campaign has been brought to an early end.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kylian Mbappe of PSG celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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It will be a bitter blow for the former Barcelona star, who had only recently returned from a long-term metatarsal injury.

He made his comeback on April 21 as PSG defeated AS Monaco 3-1 at the Parc Des Princes to win another Ligue 1 crown.

Neymar had since played the full 90 minutes in all of PSG’s last three matches and scored two goals in the process.

At the end of last month, UEFA also slapped a three-match ban on Neymar for next season’s Champions League.

The European football governing body made this decision following his outburst on social media during PSG’s Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Manchester United in March.

Therefore, the Brazil international will be absent for all three of PSG’s opening group games in the competition next term.

NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 06: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain stands disappointed during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain at Stadio San Paolo on November 6, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)


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