UEFA have this morning confirmed that a formal investigation has been opened into the comments made by PSG star Neymar, following his side’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Manchester United.
PSG 1-3 Man United
PSG welcomed United to Paris for a crunch Champions League last-16 second-leg showdown on the 6th of March.
The hosts headed into proceedings in firm control of the tie, having secured a thoroughly-deserved 2-0 win at Old Trafford 3 weeks prior.
However, what subsequently unfolded over the 90 minutes at the Parc des Princes saw United secure a comeback for the ages, to advance to the tournament’s final 8.
Romelu Lukaku opened the game’s scoring with just 2 minutes on the clock, before Juan Bernat levelled things up 10 minutes later.
Lukaku then went on to notch his brace on the half-hour mark, before Marcus Rashford completed the historic turnaround from the penalty spot deep into injury-time.
1 – Manchester United are the first team in Champions League history to progress to the next round having lost by two or more goals at home in the first leg of a knockout match. Incredible. #PSGMUN
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 6, 2019
‘Go f*ck yourselves’
Rashford’s tie-clinching strike, though, came in controversial circumstances, after Presnel Kimpembe’s block on Diogo Dalot’s effort from the edge of the box was, upon VAR review, adjudged to have been worthy of a penalty.
One of those to have taken particular issue with the decision was PSG star Neymar, who took to Instagram in the aftermath of his side’s European exit to take aim at referee Damir Skomina and his team of officials:
‘That is a disgrace! And UEFA still pick four guys who know nothing about football to review the VAR decision in slow motion… that handball simply doesn’t exist!’
‘How do you handball behind your back? Ahh.. go f*ck yourselves.’
And, as confirmed by UEFA a short time ago, Neymar’s comments have unsurprisingly landed the Brazilian in hot water.
European football’s governing body have opened a disciplinary case against Neymar, with a date for the 27-year-old’s hearing set to be announced imminently:
‘Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United FC (1-3), played on 6 March in France.’
‘Charges against Paris Saint-Germain: Player Neymar Junior – Insulting / molesting acts against match official (statements made by the player following the above-mentioned match) – Art. 15 (1) (d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.’
‘The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the hearing yet to be confirmed.’
If found guilty, Neymar could face a suspension for next season’s Champions League group stage.