RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A Rio sports tribunal on Friday halved a four-game ban handed to Fluminense and Brazil striker Fred earlier this month.
An appeals panel accepted Fred's claim he had not intended to make contact when striking Vasco da Gama defender Jomar with an elbow on July 21.
The 29-year-old former Lyon frontman served one match of the penalty before the ban was lifted pending the appeal.
He will miss Fluminense's Campeanato Brasileiro clash against Sao Paulo on Sunday but is free to return against Goias in the Copa do Brasil next Wednesday.
Fluminense, the reigning Campeonato Brasileiro champions, are currently 13th in the standings with just 18 points from 15 matches.