Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been banned for three matches after the Brazilian international punched a Rennes fan in the aftermath of his side’s Coupe de France final defeat. As per the footage, the 27-year-old was goaded by an opposition fan when making his way up the Stade de France steps to collect his runners-up medal after PSG’s penalty shootout defeat to Rennes in the final. French Football Federation (FFF) announced the ban on Friday. As a result, Neymar is forced to miss three domestic matches and another two-match suspended ban.

The video footage has also emerged of Neymar striking the spectator on the head, marring the match and landing the ex-Barcelona star in hot water with the French Football Federation (FFF).

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However, the club in an official statement said that they have decided to appeal this decision to the Federation’s Higher Committee of Appeal.

“Paris Saint Germain takes note of the verdict handed down by the French Football Federation’s disciplinary committee, banning Neymar Jr for three matches, with another two-game suspended ban,” the club said in a statement.

“Given the insults endured by several Paris players, including Neymar, at the end of the Coupe de France final, and the various elements submitted to the committee by Paris Saint-Germain in the player’s defence, the club considers this sanction severe. Paris Saint-Germain and its player Neymar Jr have decided to appeal this decision to the FFF’s Higher Committee of Appeal,” it added.

Neymar’s suspension is due to start on Monday, leaving him available for the Ligue 1 champions’ match against Angers on Saturday, irrespective of any appeal outcome.

(With Agency Inputs)