Mbappe gets, Neymar proceedings ongoing
Published : Friday, 3 May, 2019 at 10:19 PM Count : 513
Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe has been given a three-match suspension by the French Football Federation (FFF) after his red card in the Coupe de France final defeat to Rennes, while an investigation has been opened into Neymar's postmatch altercation with a spectator.
Mbappe, 20, was dismissed towards the end of extra time for a high challenge that caught Damien Da Silva on the knee as PSG were beaten 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw last weekend.
He has already served one match of his ban, having sat out the defeat at Montpellier earlier this week, and will miss games against Nice and Angers but be available again for those against Dijon and Reims.
Neymar, who appeared to hit a member of the crowd while on his way to collect his runner-up medal, could face a ban of up to eight matches, with a verdict likely next week.
PSG have already started to prepare a defence for the Brazil international, and communications chief Jean-Martial Ribes told Globo that Stade de France security personnel should not have allowed the incident to happen.
"It was a space reserved for the prizes, to celebrate the players from both teams, not for verbally abusing our players," he said.
"There was a clear lack of security on the part of the organisers -- this person went too far. We will discuss with the FFF that he is banned from French stadiums."
The spectator has made a complaint of defamation against journalist Pierre Menes of Canal+ after he described him as "a crook."
Menes confirmed that complaint on social media and expressed surprise that the PSG players had not yet complained about the spectator's behaviour.
PSG teammates Dani Alves and Marquinhos, however, have criticised Neymar for his actions.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of Saturday's game against Nice, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel stressed that he had been unhappy with Neymar's conduct but said the player had "a big heart."
"We feel Neymar's sadness. He hates to lose. Everything that is said about him has an impact on him," he said.
"It is easy to judge Neymar from the outside. However, when you know him, when he really opens up to you, he is so different.
"Neymar has a very big heart. If he could show that side of himself to more people, that would be a good thing.
"It is easy to speak badly of him, even if nobody was happy with his behaviour during the Coupe de France final -- not me, nor the club."