KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: European federation UEFA has launched a formal inquiry into social media comments by Neymar after Paris Saint-Germain’s home defeat and elimination by Manchester United in the Champions League last week.
The Brazilian superstar was in the PSG competition squad but unable to play by injury as PSG lost 3-1 on the night and on the away goals rule (aggregate 3-3) after a last-minute penalty awarded with the assistance of the video referee.
Marcus Rashford converted the spot kick awarded after an effort from Diogo Dalot struck the outstretched arm of defender Presnel Kimpembe who had turned his back on the shot.
Neymar raged via his Instagram account: “This is a disgrace. 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!”
It was reported later that Neymar had to be restrained by PSG staff from confronting referee Damir Skomina in the tunnel after the final whistle.
UEFA has now confirmed he risks disciplinary action.
A statement said:
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.