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Neymar risks Euro ban after UEFA open probe into foul-mouthed ref rant

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could be hit with a ban after opened an investigation on Wednesday into his foul-mouthed outburst about the refereeing during Paris Saint-Germain's controversial exit to Manchester United last week.

Injured forward told match officials to "Go fuck yourselves" on after watching on incredulous from the sidelines at the as United were awarded a decisive stoppage-time penalty for a debateable via the video referee (VAR) system, allowing to fire United into the quarter-finals on away goals.

"It's a disgrace. They get four guys who don't understand to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV," wrote in Portuguese on the website.

The outfit were given the spot-kick after Presnel Kimpembe was judged to have handled Diogo Dalot's shot, a decision that on Friday maintained was correct due to the distance the ball travelled before hitting Kimpembe's arm and the PSG defender's body position.

"The defender's arm was not close to the body, which made the defender's body bigger thus resulting in the ball being stopped from travelling in the direction of the goal," said.

Neymar was so reportedly enraged by the decision to give the penalty that he had to be restrained by PSG staff to stop him entering their dressing room.

In a statement UEFA announced a disciplinary investigation "has been initiated ... in connection with the comments made on by the Neymar following the above-mentioned match".

If found guilty the 27-year-old risks being suspended during the early rounds of next year's Champions League, for which runaway leaders PSG are certainties to qualify.

In June Neymar's teammate was slapped with a three-match ban from European competition after a live-on-TV tirade against referee following his former club Juventus' similarly dramatic quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid last season.

Buffon accused the English referee of having a "dustbin in place of a heart" for awarding Real a last-gasp penalty that knocked Juve out after the Italians had clawed back a 3-0 first-leg deficit to level the tie.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 23:00 IST
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