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Neymar loses appeal against 3-game UEFA Champions League ban

UEFA has rejected an appeal by Paris Saint-Germain against Neymar’s three-match Champions League ban in a case that can now go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. UEFA says its appeals panel confirmed the ban on Neymar for “insulting match officials” after PSG was eliminated by Manchester United in March. The UEFA ruling means Neymar will miss half of the six Champions League group games next season.

France roundup: PSG’s defense falls apart again in 3-2 defeat at Montpellier

Paris Saint-Germain’s defense fell apart again and conceded a farcical late goal in a 3-2 defeat away to Montpellier on Tuesday. Although PSG has already clinched the French title the performances are getting worse and the end of season run-in is proving painful for the club’s fans. This was PSG’s fourth defeat in five games. During this spell it has lost three straight away games and conceded 14 goals.

Neymar lashes out after PSG’s Champions League loss to Manchester United

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar has lashed out against a video assistant referee decision that opened the way for Manchester United to eliminate his French club from the Champions League. Neymar used an Instagram post to criticize VAR officials for awarding United a decisive penalty in injury time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads United to another late CL win as PSG falters

Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty sent Manchester United through to the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, securing a 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg. Referee Damir Skomina awarded the penalty after a lengthy video review that showed defender Presnel Kimpembe jumping up to block Diogo Dalot’s shot with his elbow.

Neymar faces anxious wait to determine extent of foot injury

Neymar limped off with a recurrence of a right-foot injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg to cast doubt whether he will face Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match next month. The Brazil forward had just received the ball on the left when he raised his hand to seemingly signal to his coach Thomas Tuchel he was in pain.

Neymar to undergo surgery in Brazil

Paris Saint-Germain says Neymar will undergo surgery in Brazil on his broken metatarsal, ruling him out of next week’s Champions League match against Real Madrid. Neymar was injured on Sunday during the French league leader’s 3-0 win over Marseille. PSG said in a statement on Thursday that “in accordance with the player, it has been decided that Neymar Jr will undergo surgery in Brazil at the end of this week.”

PSG signing Neymar a PR coup for isolated Qatar

Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain has obliterated world soccer’s transfer record in a major coup for the French club – and the tiny energy-rich emirate of Qatar. By signing the Brazilian star for its flagship sporting asset, Qatar is projecting a business-as-usual image to foreign allies and investors after two months locked in a bitter diplomatic dispute with its neighbors.

Neymar leaves Barcelona without its heir to Lionel Messi

Barcelona is facing an uncertain future without Lionel Messi’s heir apparent. Neymar flourished alongside Messi for four seasons, and everyone in Barcelona– executives, players, fans– counted on the 25-year-old Brazil striker to eventually become the team’s leader after he signed a contract extension last year through 2021. That plan was blown away on Thursday when Neymar made a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

How soccer’s financial rules impact Neymar’s move to Paris

Rules aimed at preventing unfettered spending by European soccer clubs will not disrupt Neymar’s world-record transfer from Spain’s Barcelona to France’s Paris-Saint Germain in the coming days. Any consequences would come further down the line for Paris Saint-Germain from UEFA, the governing body overseeing the European game which has the power to ban teams from the prestigious Champions League tournament.

Neymar signs 5-year deal with PSG in world-record transfer

Neymar has become the most expensive player in soccer history after completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million). PSG activated the release clause in the forward’s Barcelona contract to more than double the previous transfer record set a year ago when Manchester United paid 105 million euros (then $116 million) for Paul Pogba.

PSG wins Coupe de France scraping 1-0 win against Angers

Paris Saint-Germain ends a mediocre season on a high note by winning the Coupe de France final beating Angers 1-0. PSG dominates but needs an own goal from Angers right back Issa Cissokho in added time to prevail at the Stade de France.

PSG gives Barcelona some major payback with 4-0 thumping

Two years after being humiliated by Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain got some major payback on the five-time champions with a relentless display of skill, energy and determination. Angel Di Maria scored two superb goals and top scorer Edinson Cavani grabbed his 34th of a prolific season, both scoring on their birthdays as PSG battered Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday.

Chelsea sets roster for U.S. soccer tour

Chelsea of the English Premier League has announced its roster for its exhibition soccer tour of the United States. Among the 30 players set to take part in the four-match tour are veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, goalkeeper Petr Cech and former England captain John Terry. The tour features the first match at the new Yankee Stadium, with Chelsea taking on Paris Saint-Germain on July 22 after opening the tour in Seattle against the Sounders on July 18. The Champions League winners will also face the MLS All-Stars in Philadelphia on July 25 and head to Miami for a July 28 match against AC Milan. – Associated Press