In matches played on 14 and 17 June 2015 during the 2015 Copa América Neymar Jr. received two yellow cards, followed by a red card. On 19 June 2015, after holding a hearing into the matter, the CONMEBOL Disciplinary Committee imposed a 4-match suspension on the player.
The CBF filed an appeal at CAS on 15 September 2015 in order to challenge the position expressed by FIFA and to request that Neymar Jr. be entitled to participate in the Brazil’s qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. As all parties had agreed to an expedited procedure, the CAS could arrange a specific procedural calendar with a hearing in Lausanne on 1 October 2015.
By rejecting CBF’s appeal, the two remaining match bans will have to be served during the next qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia to be held on 8 and 13 October 2015. The full award with grounds will be published at a later stage.