The Brazilian superstar will not be playing again this season with PSG after being hit with a 3-match ban for hitting a Rennes fan.
The incident occurred after PSG lost in the final of the Coupe de France against Rennes, just before the trophy presentation ceremony started at the Stade de France.
Neymar was caught on video punching a Rennes supporter in the face while going up the stairs of the stadium to collect his runners-up medal.
This year’s Ligue 1 champions were beaten 9-8 on penalties and even ended the match playing with 10 men as Mbappe was sent off late in extra time.
OFFICIAL: Neymar has been given a three-match ban for allegedly punching a Rennes fan following PSG's defeat in the French Cup final. pic.twitter.com/GfdFReLSAj
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) May 10, 2019
Now, the French Football Federation (FFF) has announced that the Brazilian forward will have his season ended early with a three-domestic match ban.
While having to plan without Neymar at present, PSG have stated their intention to appeal the sanctions handed out to the South American.
“Paris Saint-Germain takes note of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee of the French Football Federation (FFF) to sanction Neymar Jr with a suspension of 5 matches, of which three are set.” the Parisian club said in a statement on their official website.
“Given the insults suffered by several players of the Club including Neymar at the end of the Coupe de France Final, and the various elements transmitted by Paris Saint-Germain to the Commission, Paris Saint-Germain considers this sanction hard.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 10, 2019
“Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar Jr have decided to appeal this decision to the Higher Appeal Commission of the FFF.”
If the suspension is upheld, then it will bring to an end a disappointing campaign for the Brazil international, who had hoped to restart afresh after injury saw him miss the second half of his first season in the French capital.
An angry Neymar posted an expletive-laden message on Instagram in protest at the performance of the officials; an action that recently saw him pick up a separate three-match European suspension that will see him miss PSG’s opening group games in next season’s Champions League.