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Neymar gave a hug and his jersey to a young fan who entered the field in tears as the PSG star was subbed out of the game in the 91st minute.

The three-match Ligue 1 suspension handed to Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe for his first-career red card has been upheld despite Nimes midfielder Teji Savanier’s appeal to the French Football Federation (FFF).

Mbappe, 19, was dismissed at the end of 4-2 win away at Nimes on Sept. 1 after shoving Savanier to the ground following a late tackle, and although he apologised to PSG’s travelling fans, he insisted he would do it again, which may have figured in the FFF’s thinking during the review.

As a result, Mbappe was hit with a three-game ban by the disciplinary committee of the French Professional Football League (LFP), while Savanier was handed a four-match suspension — stretched to five because of the existence of a one-game ban in suspended sentence.

An ESPN FC source confirmed that Savanier appealed to the FFF, who went above the LFP (currently revamping their disciplinary committee) and granted a re-examination last week.

Although a decision was initially expected last week and Mbappe put his case to the FFF last Friday, French football’s governing body finally communicated on the issue on Monday and confirmed that both players’ punishment remains the same.

Straight cards guarantee at least a one-match suspension in France, so Mbappe missed PSG’s 4-0 home win over Saint-Etienne and Savanier missed Nimes’ draw in Bordeaux.

Mbappe was once again absent in Rennes last weekend, while Nimes’ Savanier was unavailable in Monaco and both players will miss their respective club’s midweek fixtures.

Mbappe could be back in action away at Nice this week, but Savanier will have to wait until at least Lyon away in October for a return to Ligue 1 duty.

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