Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

PSG's Neymar accuses referee of being "disrespectful" to him

PSG's Neymar accuses referee of being

Paris Saint-Germain's 1-1 draw at Napoli after Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Red Star in Belgrade meant that Champions League Group C wound even tighter on Tuesday.

Juan Bernat gave PSG a deserved lead in first-half stoppage time before Lorenzo Insigne levelled from a penalty in the 62nd minute after Jose Callejon pounced on a mistake by PSG defender Thiago Silva and was upended in the area.

But despite picking up a good away point, Neymar was left furious after the final whistle following an altercation with experienced official Kuipers whom he rowed with at the 2018 World Cup.

Amd Neymar was left fuming after the pair's latest run-in.

"The referee told me something he shouldn't and it was disrespectful", he said following the draw.

"I think it made sense to make a few changes, a few we had to make and a few we wanted to", said Klopp. However, somebody high up should do something'. It is not clear whether the alleged incident took place while he was being booked, or at another point in the match.

During stoppage time, Neymar received a yellow card for arguing with Kuipers before taking a free-kick and the Brazilian had to be pulled away from confronting the referee by Kylian Mbappe.

However, after consultation with VAR he overturned his decision as the superstar had thrown himself to the ground unnecessarily.


Kuipers' background - he is a self-made multi-millionaire whose wealth was put at £11.5m in 2016 thanks to his supermarket chain Jumbo in his native Holland - suggests he is not easily cowed by big-money superstars.

"He can not be as disrespectful as he was with me", Neymar added.

While waiting to take a free, Neymar was booked in the 90th minute after he motioned towards the referee, seemingly unhappy at how close the Napoli players were. "We should get the same in return".

It remains to be seen whether PSG will lodge an official complaint against Kuipers, who has been a Federation Internationale de Football Association listed referee since 2006.

Two first-half goals from Milan Pavkov saw Liverpool lose 2-0 at Red Star Belgrade.

"The Napoli penalty came from a situation that was offside in the build-up", PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said after the match.

The game continued to be wide open and niggly but neither side could find a victor.

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