PSG’s Neymar calls Manchester United VAR penalty decision ‘a disgrace’

Neymar has called the decision to give Manchester United a late penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night “a disgrace” and said that the VAR officials in charge “knew nothing about football”.

The 27-year-old, who missed the tie because of injury, was incensed after officials awarded United a spot-kick for a handball by Presnel Kimpembe deep into stoppage time, which Marcus Rashford then coolly converted to send the Premier League side through to the quarter-finals.

“This is a disgrace, they put four people who know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR,” the Brazilian wrote on Instagram. “It’s just not possible!!! How is a guy going to hold his hand behind his back. Go fuck yourselves.”

PSG had won the first leg 2-0 but found themselves out of the competition on away goals after the tie finished 3-3. The exit, however devastating, will not lead to a kneejerk reaction to fire coach Thomas Tuchel, club president Nasser al-Khelaifi said after the game.

“I’m very disappointed with the result and the game. I don’t understand how we lost,” he said. “We gave them everything to win. It was easy for them. I don’t understand.”

PSG appointed Tuchel in May in the hope the uncompromising German would further their quest for European glory, and Al-Khelaifi said the club would not take any decisions over his future in the heat of the moment.

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“I trust the coach … but it’s not because we lose a match that we have to act now. We must make decisions with a cool head but this is not the moment. We want to calm down.”

Thiago Silva remonstrates with the referee after the penalty award.

Thiago Silva remonstrates with the referee after the penalty award. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The defender Thiago Silva asked the club’s fans for forgiveness. “It’s difficult to speak. It’s a shame,” he said. “We were on a good run and yet again it ends here. That’s football. Nothing worked today. I ask our fans to forgive us.”


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