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PSG to host next European game with reduced capacity

Paris St Germain have been hit with a partial stadium closure for their next European home match. Credit: PA

Paris St Germain have been hit with a partial stadium closure for their next European home match as a result of crowd incidents during their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid this month.

Uefa has ruled that the North Stand of the Parc des Princes must be closed for one match and PSG fined 43,000 euros (£37,000) after opening disciplinary charges against the French club following the last-16 second leg with holders Madrid.

Among the charges against PSG were the setting off of fireworks, the use of a laser pointer and the blocking of stairways during the match in Paris on March 6.

A Uefa statement on Thursday read: "The CEDB (control, ethics and disciplinary body) has decided to order the closure of the North Stand of the Paris St Germain Stadium during the next Uefa competition match in which Paris St Germain would play as the host club."

That punishment is not set to take effect until next season at the earliest, with PSG having been knocked out of the Champions League by Madrid 5-2 on aggregate.

PSG'S Neymar out for up to three months with injury

Paris St Germain forward Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after he undergoes surgery on his broken metatarsal. Credit: PA

Paris St Germain forward Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after he undergoes surgery on his broken metatarsal, according to Brazil's team doctor.

Rodrigo Lasmar, quoted on the website of Brazilian newspaper O Globo, said the world's most expensive footballer was resigned to the lengthy lay-off.

The 26-year-old was carried off nine minutes from the end of his side's 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday.

Lasmar said, according to O Globo: "Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone. The operation will be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, and the recovery takes from two and a half months to three months.

"Neymar is sad, but understands that he has no alternative now. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible. We will do our best to get him ready as soon as possible."

The lay-off means Neymar may miss the rest of the season with PSG, returning to fitness just weeks before Brazil's World Cup campaign.

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Paris St Germain sign former Chelsea man Diarra

The 32-year-old ex-Chelsea and Arsenal player was a free agent. Credit: PA

Paris St Germain have announced the signing of former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra on an 18-month contract.

The 32-year-old ex-Chelsea and Arsenal player was a free agent after leaving Al Jazira last month.

Paris St Germain have signed former France midfielder Lassana Diarra on an 18-month contract.

The Paris-born player told his new club's official website: "I am very happy to have signed for my home-town club.

Mbappe set to be dropped by Paris St Germain

Kylian Mbappe's place in the team is in doubt. Credit: PA

Kylian Mbappe's place in the team is the main focus of attention as Paris St Germain look to wrap up their Champions League last-16 spot against Anderlecht on Tuesday.

The teenage France forward, a summer loan signing from Monaco ahead of a reported 180million-euro (£166m) move next summer, has struggled in his last two Ligue 1 games.

However, he has scored only once in his last six appearances for club and country, leaving his starting place in doubt with reports Angel Di Maria could get the nod.

Coach Unai Emery would not make a definitive statement on the issue at his pre-match press conference, broadcast live on the club's website.

But he said: "Kylian is ready to play every match. Mentally and physically he is doing well.

"I have spoken to him, it's a new experience for him. When you play well, the newspapers and television say you are the best. When you have a poor match, you have to listen to criticism.

"We are talking about a player who started at the highest level last year, it is normal that it is a learning process for him. I have made a general analysis of the 10 games and he is on the right path.

"I have an idea in my head of the future, with PSG as champions and Mbappe as a champion."

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