PSG’s Neymar has had his Champions League ban reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Neymar who sat out PSG’s defeat to Manchester United last year through injury made some rather unsavory comments after the game.
Following his teams defeat via a late VAR approved penalty decision, the Paris Saint Germain and Brazil star took to social media.
“This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR.”
UEFA did not take kindly to his opinion and charged him with abuse of social media. The player was subsequently found guilty and handed a three-game ban in any UEFA sanctioned competition.
His employers filed an appeal and took it all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Finally some months later a decision was reached and although it was not entirely expunged, it was reduced.
The original sentence was a three-match ban, now reduced to two.
The statement from the court read:
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rendered its final decision in the appeal filed by the French club Paris St 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.”
“A three-match suspension from UEFA competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible was sanctioned.”
“Following an appeal filed on 18 July 2019 by both Paris St 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 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.”
Neymar will still miss games against Real Madrid and Galatasaray.
— Late Football Club (@LateFootClub) March 6, 2019