LAUSANNE: The Court of Arbitration for Sport 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 a decision of the UEFA appeals body on June 18.
The player was found to have insulted match officials through social media at the end of the Champions League match against Manchester United on March 6 and sanctioned with a three-match suspension from UEFA competition matches.
A CAS statement said:
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.
The full award with reasons will be published by the CAS in a few weeks.