A clearly unimpressed Paris Saint-Germain will appeal Neymar’s “severe” three-match ban for striking a supporter last month.
The French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Friday morning that they had banned Neymar for the next three domestic matches, with an additional two games suspended.
The FFF’s decision came in light of Neymar’s actions after PSG lost the Coupe de France final on penalties to Rennes on April 27.
The Brazilian was provoked by a fan as he climbed the stairs to receive his runners-up medal. Video footage later emerged showing him hitting the supporter.
Now, Neymar’s actions have come back to haunt him with the FFF effectively pulling the curtain on his season.
But PSG are not willing to accept such a decision and plan to get it overturned.
“Paris Saint-Germain take note of the decision of the Disciplinary Commission of the French Football Federation (FFF) to sanction Neymar Jr. with a three-game ban, plus a suspended two-match ban,” read a club statement.
“In view of the insults suffered by several club players, including Neymar, following the Coupe de France final, and the various elements transmitted by Paris Saint-Germain to the Commission, Paris Saint-Germain considers this sanction severe.
“Paris Saint-Germain and it’s player Neymar Jr. have decided to appeal this decision to the FFF Commission of Appeal.”
However, Neymar will remain available for selection this Saturday for PSG at Angers as his ban doesn’t officially begin until Monday.
This will be a welcome piece of news for PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, whose job is reportedly under threat amid the club’s failure to challenge for the Champions League once more.
Not helping matters is the fact he’s only overseen one win in PSG’s last seven games, despite the return of Neymar from his foot injury last month.
“The aim is always to keep improving, to show our desire and quality,” said Tuchel in a press conference on Friday afternoon.
“We are not satisfied with our end of this season. The last few weeks have been difficult. There are many reasons for that, but the season isn’t finished yet.
“We have changed our mentality the last few sessions and I know we will give it everything tomorrow because it’s never easy to play Angers. Even if things are tough at the moment, we need to find the solutions and show our quality.”
The Angers and PSG Ligue 1 match will take place at the Stade Jean-Bouin, with kick-off set for 17:00 (CET).