Neymar has accused a Champions League referee of ‘lacking respect’ after getting booked for his trademark celebration during PSG’s 3-1 win over Maccabi Haifa.
The French champions were forced to come from behind against the Israeli side and Neymar rounded off the comeback victory after goals from Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
However, the Brazilian was left incensed on Twitter after referee Daniel Siebert showed him a yellow card for his celebration.
In a message to his critics, Neymar sticks his tongue out with his hands either side of his face.
The 30-year-old wrote on social media: “Total lack of respect for the athlete. This kind of thing can’t happen.
“I take the yellow for simply not having done anything and I continue to be harmed. And the judge?
“Not even to say he was wrong, he will! A lot of lack of respect.”
Law 12 of IFAB’s refereeing regulations rule that a player should be shown a yellow card if they gesture in an inflammatory or provocative manner during a goal celebration.
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However, players often celebrate with messages to critics, and it is rare to see bookings for such harmless gestures.
Neymar’s frustrations appear to be justified given he has scored 11 times this season, celebrating the same way on each occasion, and this was his first yellow card.
The referee, on the other hand, will argue a literal interpretation of football’s legislation.