Neymar

Neymar left pitch in tears.

  • Neymar left pitch in tears.

Neymar left pitch in tears. He was fouled three times in a few seconds by Moataz Zemzemi during PSG’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over Stasbourg. The 26-year-old responded by doing a “rainbow flick” over the head of Zemzemi but had to come off injured. “It’s Neymar’s style, but don’t come and complain when you get kicked,” said Strasbourg’s Anthony Goncalves. “He is a great player, I respect him. He can enjoy himself but don’t come blubbering afterwards.” However, PSG manager Thomas Tuchel was unhappy with the comments by some of the Strasbourg players and coach suggesting Neymar’s behaviour provoked his opponents to cause the injury.

  • “It was a situation where he was fouled three times, one after the other

“It was a situation where he was fouled three times, one after the other. The referee didn’t give anything. He twisted his foot,” said Tuchel. PSG said Neymar had suffered a “reactivation of the lesion of the fifth right metatarsal”, adding that treatment would depend on how the injury heals in the next few days. The former Barcelona forward, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions so far this season for the Ligue 1 leaders, injured the same ankle last February and missed the rest of the season, only returning to fitness in time to play for Brazil at the World Cup. “Ney is worried, because it is the same foot, the same place,” added Tuchel.

“When you protect players who respect others, there’s no problem”

Strasbourg manager Thierry Laurey described Neymar as a “phenomenon” in his post-match comments, but also said there was “nothing malicious” in his players’ actions. “There are moments when you have to play tough, it’s as simple as that,” Laurey said. “There are moments when, if you go over the limit a little bit, you have to expect that you are going to get a kick or two. “I didn’t ask my players to go and kick Neymar, but I understand why the players had had enough of someone who was looking to tease and taunt them a bit.”