April 29 – Brazil’s Paris St Germain superstar Neymar has been banned by UEFA for three European games for insulting match officials on Instagram after the Champions League last-16 defeat by Manchester United.
Neymar was incensed that a last-minute penalty was awarded to United using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.
Neymar used the social media platform for an expletive-filled rant at officials who intervened for a handball that eliminated PSG. “They put four guys that do not understand football to watch it in slow motion,” Neymar, who was injured and did not even play, wrote. “This doesn’t exist! … There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back! Go f*** yourselves.”
As it stands, the UEFA ruling means Neymar is set to miss half of PSG’s six games in the Champions League group stage next season.
Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, has only just returned to the PSG lineup after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a metatarsal injury. Yet he could now face an even lengthier ban for allegedly assaulting a Rennes fan in last weekend’s French Cup final.
Neymar was collecting his runners-up medal at the Stade de France following Rennes’ shock win on penalties when it is claimed he took offence at the fan for pointing a phone camera at him. He appeared to take a swipe at the supporter, The French football commission is set to meet this week to discuss his punishment.
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