Dani Alves has called on the “hot-headed” Neymar to show more self-control after his altercation with a fan at the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s shock Coupe de France final defeat.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were denied a domestic double last weekend following a defeat on penalties to Rennes at the Stade de France.
Alves and Neymar had given PSG a two-goal lead before Rennes pulled off stunning comeback through a Presnel Kimpembe own goal and Mexer’s header to send the final into extra-time.
After losing 6-5 on penalties, Neymar appeared to strike a supporter as he climbed the stairs to receive his runners-up medal. Certain videos on social media prove the fan was insulting the entire PSG squad instead of just the Brazilian.
In fact, French news outlet L’Equipe claimed that goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was called a “dirty idiot” and PSG team-mate Marco Verratti a “racist”.
But Alves insists Neymar must show more self-control in future.
“It was a delicate moment. We had just lost a title and he was hot-headed. It was a reaction and one that I think was not right in that moment,” said Alves, according to ESPN.
“You cannot get involved in this sort of thing. You have to show more control.
“I believe that you have to make mistakes to improve. Not necessarily like this, but this mistake will cause him to reflect a bit. Neymar is an exceptional guy, but he can be a bit rash at times.
“This sort of reaction, no matter how friendly we are, I cannot be in favour of it. I believe that he has learned, and I hope that it will not happen again.”
Marquinhos, who deputised as captain in Thiago Silva’s absence, added:”I think that Neymar knows that he made a mistake.
“When you attack somebody, it is a mistake. He is not a boy anymore — he knows when he is in the wrong.
“It will serve as a lesson for him. We already know that things with Neymar are amplified — he is used to that. Mistakes happen and are there to be learned from.”
So Neymar truly punched a fan last night? This is really bad. pic.twitter.com/in0CC73B25
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