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Neymar's Champions League ban cut to 2 games

has reduced Paris St Germain striker 's suspension from three to two games for insulting match officials, CAS said on Tuesday. PSG and the Brazilian had appealed against the three-game ban imposed by European governing body UEFA in June, and CAS partially upheld the appeal.

Neymar's ban from the Champions League for insulting match officials on social media was cut Tuesday to two group games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the three-match suspension to the -stipulated minimum of two games for abusive language to a referee or assistant.

The ruling clears to play for Paris Saint-Germain at on Oct. 22.

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

UEFA found the Brazil striker guilty of abuse in Instagram comments posted after PSG was eliminated by Manchester United in the last 16 in March. Neymar, who was injured and did not play, published profane comments about video review officials after United got a decisive stoppage-time penalty.

The two-game ban is in the middle range of previous sanctions when UEFA prosecuted players for posts.

In 2015, another PSG player was banned for three games for offensive comments about a referee after a game he sat out while injured. Serge Aurier, who now plays for Tottenham, had posted a video on Facebook that provoked UEFA to act.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was banned in January for one European Championship qualifying game for making filmed comments that mocked Spain and suggested he deliberately elbowed Sergio Ramos in a Nations League game.

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