UEFA have charged Neymar for his “insulting / molesting acts” against match officials during Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League defeat to Manchester United.
The 27-year-old, who was forced to sit out of PSG’s last-16 tie with United, labelled referee Damir Skomina’s decision to penalise Presnel Kimpembe for handling Diogo Dalot’s shot in the area during stoppage-time a “disgrace”.
Initially, a corner had been awarded to United before Skomina consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for a handball from Kimpembe and subsequently overturned his decision.
Marcus Rashford then stepped up to coolly slot home the penalty-kick that secured United a 3-1 second leg win and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after finishing the tie 3-3 on aggregate.
Nevertheless, Neymar was left fuming over the incident and made it clear that Rashford’s penalty should never have occurred in the first place.
“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!”
Soon afterwards, UEFA announced they would be investigating Neymar’s post on Instagram before deciding on any course of action against the Brazilian star.
Now the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) have formally charged Neymar for “insulting/molesting acts against match officials”. Although the UEFA website has yet to release a date for his disciplinary hearing.
Meanwhile, Neymar continues to work on his recovery from another metatarsal injury and has provided no further updates, so far, on his progress.
The former Barcelona star will, therefore, be sidelined for Brazil’s friendly against Panama on Saturday, where AC Milan’s Lucas Paqueta will instead wear his no.10 jersey.
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is set to take the captain’s armband for the Selecao during this month’s international break.