Paris Saint Germain’s ace and talisman Neymar Junior was on the spot as his team lost to Manchester United on Wednesday night in France. The loss meant that his team was knocked out of the top European competition and as expected, the Brazilian had a lot to say after the game.
In a post on his Instagram page, Neymar Junior expressed his honest displeasure with the match officials in the Manchester United match as the center referee, Damir Skomina awarded an injury time penalty to United after PSG and French defender Presnel Kimpembe was judged to have handled the ball in the 18 yard area through VAR (Video Assistant Refereeing).
“This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR,” the Brazilian said. In addition, the star player said, “There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back? Ho f**k yourselves!”
The Brazilian was forced to watch the Round of 16 tie in the stands as he continues to recover from his recent leg injury. PSG were left dumb as the referee awarded a penalty that proved to be the final nail on PSG’s coffin as far as the UEFA Champions League competition was concerned.
It was Marcus Rashford who dispatched the penalty home to send the French Ligue 1 defending Champions parking. The win was the ninth consecutive away victory for Manchester United as they staged one of the biggest footballing comebacks, having trailed 2-0 in the opening leg at Old Trafford.
Neymar’s reactions are expected to elicit a lot of reaction especially from UEFA as they scrutinize on his post match comments.
In another UEFA Champions League match, VAR was the turning point as FC Porto were awarded a penalty deep into extra time as Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi was deemed to have tugged the shirt of Maxi Pereira in the 18-yard area. The penalty was executed by Alex Telles as FC Porto won 4-3 on aggregate to book a place in the competition’s last 8 stage.
With a new development in the Champions League, the VAR is set to be used highly in the upcoming fixtures as the European season gets heated up.