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Blow for PSG as Kylian Mbappe banned for three games while Neymar faces investigation over fan clash

Problems for the Ligue 1 club after fiery French Cup final loss to Rennes

Kylian Mbappe was sent off for Paris Saint-Germain against Rennes and is now banned for three games. AFP
Kylian Mbappe was sent off for Paris Saint-Germain against Rennes and is now banned for three games. AFP

French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe was banned for three matches Friday following his sending-off for a reckless tackle during Paris Saint-Germain's French Cup final debacle against Rennes.

The French football Federation (FFF) said they had also opened disciplinary proceedings against Mbappe's teammate Neymar for striking a Rennes fan following the shock defeat on penalties after extra time.

Mbappe, PSG's gifted 20-year-old striker, lunged with his studs into the knee of Rennes defender Damien Da Silva near the close of extra time on Sunday.

Having already missed one game, Mbappe will miss Saturday's match against Nice and the trip to Angers the following week but will be available for the last two games of the season.

The threat of further sanctions hangs over Neymar, banned for three Champions League games after insulting the referee following PSG's exit from the last 16 at the hands of Manchester United.

This time Neymar lashed out at an abusive opposing fan as he climbed the steps to receive his French Cup final losers medal.

An online video shows the fan insulting several PSG players then telling the Brazilian superstar to "go learn how to play football."

Updated: May 3, 2019 04:01 PM

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