The Court of Arbitration on Monday announced its decision to partially uphold the eight-match ban of Al Hilal striker Nassir Al Shamrani.
According to the text of the ruling, the AFC Player of the Year’s suspension has been reduced from the original eight games to six, with two additional games suspended for a two-year probationary period.
The Al Hilal striker received after he spat at and headbutted a Western Sydney Wanderers player following the 2014 AFC Champions League final in King Fahd Stadium.
In deciding to hear Al Shamrani’s appeal, the Lausanne-based court ordered a stay of the suspension, thus allowing the Saudi star to participate in his club’s match against Foolad on April 8 where he scored one goal.
The court’s decision will leave Al Shamrani ineligible to participate in Al Hilal’s final two group stage games, at Lokomotiv on Tuesday and against Al Sadd on May 6.