Neymar’s appeal against his three-match European ban has been rejected by UEFA.
The Brazil forward was sanctioned for insulting match officials following Paris Saint-Germain’s dramatic Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United in March.
United progressed on the away goals rule after a VAR review saw Presnel Kimpembe penalised for handball in stoppage time at the Parc des Princes, with Marcus Rashford dispatching the resulting penalty.
A statement from UEFA confirming the news read: “The appeal lodged by Paris Saint-Germain is rejected. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 25 April is confirmed.
“The CEDB had decided to suspend the Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar Junior for three (3) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for insulting match officials.”
The punishment means Neymar will miss the first three group matches of the 2019-20 Champions League.