Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar blasted the video assisted refereeing (VAR) decision to award Manchester United a late penalty in their 3-1 Champions League last-16 second-leg win at Parc des Princes that secured a 3-3 away goals success.
The injured Brazil international was powerless to stop his teammates from throwing away a two-goal, first-leg lead to a pair of Romelu Lukaku goals and a controversial Marcus Rashford spot kick for a Presnel Kimpembe handball — despite Juan Bernat scoring and hitting a post.
“This is a disgrace,” Neymar raged on Instagram. “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!”
Neymar watched Wednesday’s match from the stands, having returned from Brazil where he had been recovering from a second fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot in as many years.
Captain Thiago Silva cut a forlorn figure at the final whistle when he spoke with RMC Sport and appealed to the PSG supporters for forgiveness before questioning the VAR decision.
“They are the referees and all three of them gave the penalty,” said the Brazil international. “If it was the other way around, perhaps they would not have given it. It was a shame as we had no time to react.”
Coach Thomas Tuchel reaffirmed his support for VAR but questioned whether the shot that struck Kimpembe was on target.