Neymar vented his fury at Manchester United’s late penalty as Paris Saint-Germain fell to a shock Champions League defeat.
The Parisians blew a 2-0 aggregate lead at home on Wednesday night to suffer another last-16 exit by United this time following 3-1 second leg defeat.
Juan Bernat had cancelled out Romelu Lukaku’s early opener before the Belgian striker struck again in the 30th-minute to put United in front for the second-half.
Then came the controversial incident in the 94th-minute of the match when Presnel Kimpembe was deemed to have handled Diogo Dalot’s shot after the ball hit his arm in the area.
Upon consulting VAR, the referee elected to award United a penalty with Marcus Rashford stepping up to convert the spot-kick and a place in the quarter-finals for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on away goals after finishing 3-3 on aggregate against PSG.
But Neymar, who missed both legs on the last-16 tie due to another metatarsal injury, was far from impressed with the referee’s judgement on Kimpembe.
“This is a disgrace,” Neymar wrote on Instagram Stories.
“Four guys who know nothing about football watch a slow-motion replay in front of the television.
“It was nothing! What can [Kimpembe] do with his hand while his back is turned? Go f— yourselves!”
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel later defended Neymar’s angry response to the incident.
“Of course it’s a strong reaction. He was at the field. You can only see,” said the German.
“Sometimes when you remember yourself in a big, big fight and you remember being very emotional you use words and you react in a way that you take back some hours later.
“You see how emotional he is and how he lives with us and how badly he wanted to help us and Ney, coming back latest in the quarter-finals and coming today and biting his nails for every game we play without him, so don’t be too harsh on him.
“It’s, like I said, hard to accept, but for all of us who could not even play and do nothing.
“I would not over-interpret the use of his words in the heat of the challenge and the moment of the decision. It’s quickly typed into a smartphone.”
PSG will next take on Dijon FCO in a Ligue 1 match on Tuesday.
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