Neymar banned for three Champions League matches over ref rant

first_img0Shares0000Neymar (left) watched PSG’s March 6 defeat to Manchester United from the stands © AFP / FRANCK FIFELAUSANNE, Switzerland, Apr 26 – Neymar was suspended for three Champions League matches by UEFA on Friday for a foul-mouthed tirade at match officials following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock exit from this season’s tournament to Manchester United.The Brazil star missed the 3-1 Champions League second leg last 16 defeat on March 6 through injury, but told match officials “to go fuck yourselves” on social media after watching on from the sidelines at the Parc des Princes. Neymar was found guilty of “insulting/molesting acts against match official”, European football’s governing body announced in a statement after opening an inquiry into his outburst on March 22.The 27-year-old, who will now miss half of PSG’s group stage matches in the Champions League next season, was angry with the award of a decisive injury-time penalty which Marcus Rashford scored to send United through.“It’s a disgrace. They get four guys who don’t understand football to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV,” Neymar wrote in Portuguese on Instagram after the game.He had watched on incredulous from the sidelines as United were awarded the spot-kick for a debateable handball via the video assistant referee (VAR) system, allowing Rashford to fire United into the quarter-finals on away goals.Neymar was reportedly so enraged by the decision to give the penalty that he had to be restrained by PSG staff to stop him entering the referee’s dressing room.United were given the spot-kick after Presnel Kimpembe was judged to have handled Diogo Dalot’s shot.PSG made Neymar the world’s most expensive player in 2017 by signing him from Barcelona for 222 million euros as they stepped up their bid to win a maiden Champions League title, but they have now lost in the last 16 in three straight seasons.Injury has already ruled Neymar out of several key European matches for PSG, the forward missing the last 16 second leg tie against Real Madrid in 2018, then both legs against Man United at the same stage this season.In June last year, his teammate Gianluigi Buffon was handed a three-match suspension after a tirade against referee Michael Oliver following his former club Juventus’ similarly dramatic quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid.Former PSG defender Serge Aurier was the first player to be banned by UEFA for comments made on social media in 2015.Neymar’s ban comes on the eve of his return to PSG’s starting line-up after injury for Saturday’s French Cup final against Rennes.He made his first appearance since January 23 as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Monaco as PSG celebrated clinching a sixth Ligue 1 crown in seven years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United ‘want to sign Chelsea ace and can match his asking price’

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest transfer news However, the Blues have rejected all three offers from Barca, with the latest said to total £55million – around £7million short of Chelsea’s asking price.The Stamford Bridge club are open to selling Willian this summer, but they will not lose him for anything less than £62million (€70m), and Barca are not willing to spend so much on a player who turns 30 in just a few weeks. Barcelona have been hoping to sign Willian Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Willian played under Mourinho during the latter’s second spell as Chelsea manager Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Manchester United are ready to match Chelsea’s asking price for Willian, according to reports.Willian, the Brazil forward, has been the subject of three bids from Barcelona, with the LaLiga giants hoping to bring him to Camp Nou before the transfer window closes next month. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer On Monday evening, Barca made a late swoop for Malcom, the Bordeaux winger, despite Roma already agreeing terms with the Ligue 1 outfit for the transfer of the 21-year-old.This move suggests Barcelona have pulled out of the race to sign Willian, and Mundo Deportivo say another club want the forward.Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, has wanted to reunite with Willian since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2015, and the report states that the Red Devils ‘can and want’ to pay the required £62million to sign the Brazil international. RANKED 2 targets Despite United being prepared to match Willian’s asking price, Chelsea would prefer to sell the player to a club abroad, rather than one of their domestic rivals, as talkSPORT told you yesterday. 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED moving on LATEST last_img read more