Neymar: PSG forward's European ban reduced from three games to two

Neymar’s Champions League suspension reduced to two games									

Neymar’s Champions League suspension reduced to two games Neymar

Neymar's UEFA Champions League ban has been reduced to two matches after Paris Saint-Germain successfully appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Neymar remains banned for PSG's match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, and from playing at Galatasaray in two weeks.

However, he will now be free to face Belgian side Bruges on October 22.

"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 two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible".

The Brazilian criticized the referee and his assistants after PSG's last-16 collapse against Manchester United in March which he watched from the stands due to injury.

Marcus Rashford's penalty ensured a 3-1 win in Paris for United, who went through to the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.

He later wrote on social media: "This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR".

Neymar scored an added time victor in his first PSG appearance of the season on Saturday as his overhead kick claimed all three points against Strasbourg.

However, he will be eligible for the third group stage game against Club Brugge later that month.

In their absence coach Thomas Tuchel could turn to summer signing Mauro Icardi or Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to lead the line at the Parc de Princes.