Brazil has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to change the details of Neymar’s upcoming competitive match ban.
Neymar was suspended four international matches by CONMEBOL for multiple altercations following Brazil’s 1-0 loss to Colombia in this summer’s Copa America.
The 23-year-old striker was shown a straight red card after the final whistle for confronting Jeison Murillo and Carlos Bacca on the field. He then followed referee Enrique Osses into the tunnel and verbally abused the ref, laying the foundation for his ban.
Now, Brazil wishes to make Neymar available for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Copa America winners Chile on October 8 as well as Venezuela five days later. They are appealing to the CAS hoping to convince the court to rule that Neymar’s suspension should only apply to Copa America matches.
Neymar has two matches left on the ban, having served the first two during Brazil’s remaining Copa America 2015 matches. Should he see his ban pushed back, he would become available for the pair of World Cup qualifiers next month and instead would miss the first two matches of the Copa America Centenario, which is (at the moment) being hosted by the United States next summer.
Not all at CONMEBOL were happy with Neymar’s suspension. In fact, one member stated that Neymar “got off lucky” with just a four-match suspension based on his actions.
Disciplinary committee member Alberto Loaza said after the ruling was handed down, “The referee’s report says that Mr. Neymar was waiting for him to insult him. Neymar grabbed him by the arms, and told him: ‘You want to get famous through me, you son of a [expletive]?'”
“Based on what the report says, it was premeditated, waiting for the referee in the tunnel and insulting him. His punishment could have been harsher. He got off lightly.”