Neymar has said that he did not lose his cool when he received the first red card of his Paris Saint-Germain career during the team’s 2-2 draw with Marseille over the weekend. He was sent off three minutes from time after being shown two yellow cards in the space of as many minutes.
He was being given a rough time both by supporters and by his opponents throughout the match and needed police to shield him from projectiles when he took corners.
He received his first yellow card in the 85th minute and he then barged into Lucas Ocampos after the forward tackled him to earn his second booking and the red card.
“The supporters threw a lot of things at me, even baguettes. It was too much, that’s not football,” Neymar said to L’Equipe. “I didn’t lose my cool. I accept my mistake. Marseille were good, but we were below-par. We can play much better. The pitch was dry and long. We need to get used to it: our opponents will try everything against us.”
PSG’s boss, Unai Emery, was quick to blame the referee after the game “We’re a little bit disappointed by the sending-off because he was fouled a lot throughout the game. I think the referee also needs to think in a good way. We have to protect the players. I think the yellow card was not fair for Neymar. He’s a player who wants to play, but if he is subjected to provocation, aggression in every game… I think the big players have to be protected and that goes for both teams.”
Neymar’s teammate, Kylian Mbappe, was also shown his first yellow card of the season, and only the third of his career, for contesting the decision not to award the team a penalty when Jordan Amavi handled early in the second half.