Panic as PSG star Neymar set to miss Champions League 2nd leg clash vs Barcelona over social media rant

Panic as PSG star Neymar set to miss Champions League 2nd leg clash vs Barcelona over social media rant

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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- Neymar could miss the Champions League second leg meeting against Barcelona

- The 29-year-old could be banned for two games after criticising the referee for awarding the hosts a penalty

- The forward missed the first leg owing to the injury he suffered earlier this week

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Paris Saint Germain could be without their sensational winger Neymar when they host Barcelona at the Parc Des Princes in the second leg of their rounds of 16 clash next month.

The Brazilian angrily slammed the referee's decision to award the Catalans a penalty after Layvin Kurzawa was said to have tripped Frenkie De Jong earlier in the game.

Lionel Messi stepped up to convert the spot-kick which gave the Catalans the lead in the 27th minute and the 29-year-old posted a comment on Twitter saying 'joke that penalty'.

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Kylian Mbappe eventually stole the show after scoring three times as the visitors ran off with a 4-1 win in the first leg of their meetings this campaign.

Neymar risks two-game Champions League ban for now-deleted tweet slamming penalty decision
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Although Neymar was said to have hurriedly deleted the post, he has now been subjected to investigation which could see him bag two games ban if found guilty.

SunSport reports that the UEFA disciplinary code stops players from 'insults or other conduct that violates the basic rules of conduct'.

The publication recalls that the former Barca superstar bagged a three-match ban two years ago for insulting match officials, but it was reduced to two by CAS.

Neymar missed Tuesday's exciting game due to an injury, however, his post on the penalty issue could force him out of the second leg in Paris next month.

Meanwhile, Mbappe's superb display at the Nou Camp earned praises from Premier League legends Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand. earlier reported that Barcelona suffered another embarrassing defeat in the Champions League after losing 4-1 to Paris Saint Germain at Camp Nou.

It was a Kylian Mbappe show on the night as the Frenchman scored three of the four goals that put his side at advantage of reaching the quarterfinal.

The result now means that Ronald Koeman's men must score at least four un-replied goals to advance to the next stage.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.

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