Uefa open probe into Neymar’s foul-mouthed ref rant

NYON, Switzerland: Uefa have opened disciplinary proceedings on Neymar after his foul-mouthed outburst about referees following Paris Saint-Germain’s controversial Champions League exit to Manchester United last week, the governing body announced on Wednesday. Injured Brazil forward Neymar launched into a diatribe against the match officials shortly after the defeat on Instagram. He watched on incredulous from the sidelines at the Parc des Princes as United were awarded a stoppage-time penalty for a debatable handball via the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

Marcus Rashford crashed home the spot-kick to give the Premier League side a last-gasp 3-1 win that saw them into the quarter-finals on away goals. “It’s a disgrace. They get four guys who don’t understand football to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV… Go …yourselves!” Neymar wrote in Portuguese on the social media website. The 27-year-old was so reportedly enraged he had to be restrained by PSG staff to stop him entering their dressing room. “A disciplinary investigation has been initiated … in connection with the comments made on social media by the Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar following the above-mentioned match,” Uefa said in a statement. If found guilty Neymar risks punishment ranging from a fine to suspension. — AFP