Paris Saint Germain star Neymar junior was on Friday handed a three-match suspension by the UEFA in the Champions League after he attacked the referee’s decisions and VAR on his social media account following PSG’s loss to Manchester United in the Round of 16 clash at the Parc de Princess.
PSG conceded a late penalty through VAR after a shot played into the box saw it come of defender Presnel Kimpembe. In a controversial call made by the VAR, Rashford struck the penalty to take the Red Devils to the quarters of the Champions League.
Neymar had taken to his Instagram account to vent his fury about the decision made by the VAR, calling it a ‘disgrace’ and went on to rant on a bit more. Neymar had breached Article 15 (1) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations in which in he used ‘insulting acts against match officials’.
UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body have revealed: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar Junior for three (3) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for insulting match officials.”
With PSG’s exit from the Champions League, Manchester United were drawn with FC Barcelona. The Red Devils were ousted 0-4 by the Catalan giants with Messi, doing the tricks once again for the La Liga leaders.
The surprising matter is that Neymar wasn’t even playing the match against United and was on the sidelines when the incident happened. He had immediately taken up to his Instagram to lash out at the referees. PSG Coach Thomas Tuchel defended the star striker stating that the comments made were in the heat of the moment.
The winger finally made his appearance for the league leader in PSG’s clash against Monaco, where Kylian Mbappe was in front of goal. The star striker who joined Les Parisians for a world record fee, might be on his way out with La Liga giants Real Madrid being an option. It is learnt that he is unhappy at PSG and wants a move away.