UEFA have launched an investigation into Neymar’s controversial social media comments in the wake of PSG’s Champions League exit to Manchester United.
Brazil star Neymar posted a foul-mouthed tirade on Instagram after United were awarded a controversial penalty for handball in added time of the second leg of their last 16 tie.
Marcus Rashford converted the spot-kick to send United through on away goals and Neymar, who missed the game through injury but who was on the touchline watching the drama unfold, took to social media to vent his anger.
“This is a disgrace, they put four people who know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR,” wrote Neymar on his official Instagram account.
“It’s just not possible!!! How is a guy going to hold his hand behind his back. Go f*** yourselves.”
UEFA took a dim view of the post from the world’s most expensive player and today announced they have opened an investigation into the controversial remarks, with the £198million forward facing the prospect of a ban and fine.
A statement from UEFA read: “In accordance with the Article 31 (3) (a) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, UEFA has today announced that it has appointed an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to conduct an investigation regarding the comments made on social media by the Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar Junior, following the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United FC, played on 6 March 2019 in France.”
There was better news for Neymar on the injury front on Wednesday.
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ESPN have reported that the Brazil star is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the foot injury that kept him out of the clash with United.
Neymar has spent the week since PSG were not knocked out of the Champions League at the Aspetar facility in Qatar and a statement released on his website revealed that progress had been “excellent”.