UEFA reject PSG appeal

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Paris St Germain's Neymar (top) and Presnel Kimpembe celebrate after the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco in Paris, France, on April 21, 2019. PSG beat AS Monaco 3-1 claiming the title of champion of 2018-2109 Ligue 1 . (Xinhua/Jack Chan)

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain forward Neymar’s appeal against a three-match Champions League ban for insulting match officials following the French side’s elimination from the competition last season has been rejected, UEFA said yesterday.

Neymar had labelled the video assistant referee system a “disgrace” after Manchester United were awarded a decisive last-gap penalty at the Parc des Princes which they converted to advance to the quarter-finals on away goals.

The Brazilian was suspended in April for three Champions League matches and PSG appealed the decision.

“The appeal lodged by PSG is rejected. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of April 25 is confirmed,” UEFA said in a statement.

Neymar’s woes continue to mount this week, as Brazilian tax authorities put a freeze on his mansions and other properties amid a long-running tax dispute.

In addition, Neymar in recent weeks has been accused of rape, an allegation that the Brazilian police are investigating but the player has denied.

Neymar was ruled out the Copa America in his home country because of an ankle ligament injury.

On Friday, PSG appointed the Brazilian Leonardo as sports director shortly after parting company with Portuguese Antero Henrique.

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