UEFA charge Neymar for social media comments after Man United penalty v PSG

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UEFA have charged Neymar for his angry social media comments about the penalty awarded to Manchester United during their Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain on March 6.

A spot-kick scored by Marcus Rashford in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time secured a 3-1 away victory for United, who progressed on away goals to the quarter-finals at PSG’s expense.

The penalty was awarded by VAR after Diogo Dalot’s shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm, but Neymar was adamant the spot-kick should not have been given.

In a social media post, the 27-year-old, who missed both legs through injury, wrote: “This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR.

“There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back! Go f**k yourselves!”

UEFA confirmed in a statement on Friday afternoon that Neymar had been charged under Article 15 (1) (d) of the disciplinary regulations with “insulting / molesting acts against match official (statements made by the player following the above-mentioned match)”.

The date for the case to be dealt with has yet to be confirmed.

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PSG star Neymar lashes out on Instagram over Man United penalty decision

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Neymar took to Instagram to rage about the penalty that sent Manchester United through to the Champions League quarter-finals at Paris Saint-Germain’s expense.

Marcus Rashford’s spot-kick, in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, secured an impressive 3-1 away victory for United that meant they progressed on away goals.

The penalty was awarded by the Video Assistant Referee when Diogo Dalot’s shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm, but Neymar was adamant the visitors’ winning goal at Parc des Princes should not have stood.

In a story post on the social networking site, the 27-year-old, who missed both legs through injury, wrote:

“This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR.

“There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back! Go f**k yourselves!”

The post was later removed.

Romelu Lukaku had earlier scored twice for United in the first half, either side of Juan Bernat’s goal for PSG.

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'Could it be that I really am diving?' - Neymar reflects on World Cup antics

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Brazil star Neymar admitted that he’s now willing to consider whether he deserved criticism for playacting during the World Cup in Russia last summer.

Neymar was expected to lead the Selecao to the semi-finals at the very least, but they came undone against Belgium in the quarter-finals.

Instead he made most of the headlines for the wrong reasons – diving and exaggerated reactions on the field.

Although there were accusations of playacting throughout the tournament, it peaked when the 27-year-old started to write in apparent agony after the faintest of touches from Miguel Layun during Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Mexico in the round of 16.

Neymar had always denied trying to deceive the referee – but is starting to reconsider after re-watching his World Cup antics.

“I started to see all of my pieces of play in the World Cup and I thought ‘could it be that I really am diving?’,” he admitted in an interview with Esporte Espetacular, as cited by Marca.

He also went on to talk about the criticism he received after Brazil’s elimination.

“I think there was an exaggerated blame placed on me,” said the PSG forward, who is currently recovering from a foot injury.

“But I knew to expect that, as it’s always been like this over the course of my career, no?

“I know that when Brazil loses, most of the weight will fall on my back.

“Fernandinho was another who was blamed in a way that I can’t understand.”

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