Paris St Germain star striker Neymar was suspended for three games and two additional suspended matches because of an altercation with a spectator after defeat in the French Cup final by Stade Rennes last month, the French Football Federation said Friday.
PSG lost 6-5 in the penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw in the match, and the Brazilian hit a fan who was recording him with his mobile phone as he went up to collect his runners-up medal.
Neymar’s suspension will begin on Monday, which means he can play against Angers over the weekend. The South American will miss the last two PSG league matches against Dijon and Reims.
PSG said Friday that it considers the sanction to be “severe” and will appeal the decision.
The 27-year-old will also miss next season’s opening match, the French Super Cup, against Rennes in August. However, the suspended sentence will allow him to play the next two games.
Neymar was suspended for three Champions League matches after insulting the referees in charge of the match in which his team was eliminated in the Round of 16.