Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has this afternoon revealed who the capital club’s first-choice spot-kick taker will be for the time being.
Controversy surrounding set-piece responsibilities at the Parc des Princes broke out last weekend, as South American duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani were involved in on-pitch confrontations over both free-kick and penalty duties.
The penalty dispute came after the home side were awarded a spot-kick in the 80th minute of their Ligue 1 matchup with Lyon, following Ferland Mendy’s foul on Kylian Mbappe.
Cavani has long held the position of penalty-taker at PSG, and immediately took control of the situation by taking the ball and setting it down on the penalty spot.
However, world-record summer signing Neymar had other ideas, and approached his fellow South American in an attempt to convince Cavani to allow him to take the spot-kick himself.
Cavani refused, and proceeded to miss his attempt.
Nobody told Cavani that Neymar gets to take PSG penalties now 😂 after this, Neymar might get first dibs next time! pic.twitter.com/S1cB8obYr2
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) September 17, 2017
Despite PSG having emerged with a 2-0 win in the end, much of the talk post-game and in the 4 days since has surrounded the clash of egos between Unai Emery’s star attackers, with multiple outlets claiming that Neymar and Cavani simply do not see eye-to-eye.
Manager Unai Emery revealed in his press conference after the victory that he would allow the pair to resolve the issue between them, explaining:
‘Afterwards, we will arrange internally for the penalties that are coming in, because I think both are able to score them, and I want the two to alternate in this exercise.’
However, he also added:
‘If there is no agreement, I will decide. I do not want it to be a problem for us.’
Emery, though, has today provided an update on the situation, and it is one that will likely not prove too popular with his world-record summer signing:
‘The first person in charge of taking penalties is Cavani, and Neymar, is the second one.’