Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has leapt to the defence of Brazilian compatriot Lucas Paqueta, who was shown a yellow card for performing a rainbow flick in Lyon’s 3-1 win over Troyes on Wednesday night.
The two Brazil internationals tussled at the weekend as Mauro Icardi netted late on to secure a 2-1 win for PSG, which cancelled out Paqueta’s opener for Lyon, and they were back in action this week, with the Parisians collecting another 2-1 win, this time over Metz, while Les Gones thrashed Troyes.
Paqueta once again found himself on the scoresheet, netting in the 87th minute to put the gloss on a home triumph after Xherdan Shaqiri scored his first Lyon goal, and Chelsea loanee Emerson Palmieri also opened his account for the club, but the result was somewhat soured by the Brazilian’s booking.
18+ | New UK Customers Only | If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day’s betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £25 (min 3 bets) Plus 50 Free Spins on Grand Spinn. Even if your account is up, you’re guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 50 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | BeGambleAware.org.
18+ only. New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org. Full terms apply.
18+ only • New customers only • Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets are credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes are not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days, wins are capped at £/€/$500 • To withdraw bonus/related wins, you must wager the bonus amount up to 40 times its value within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Casino Bonus can be used on selected games in casino only • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods & countries & full T&Cs apply • BeGambleAware •
In the dying embers Paqueta attempted to flick the ball over Giulian Biancone, much to the 21-year-old defender’s annoyance, who reacted angrily to attempted showboat, with referee Stephanie Frappart subsequently brandishing a yellow card in the Lyon midfielder’s direction.
Following the incident, Neymar took to his Instagram account to give his thoughts on Paqueta’s booking, and he wasn’t too impressed with Frappart’s decision.
“This episode is very, very sad, receiving a yellow card for a dribble,” he wrote.
“The technical gesture is a solution, no matter where it takes place and no matter what minute it is performed.
William Hill offer: Joshua to win 25/1
CLICK HERE. 18+ only. New customers only. UK & Ireland only. Play Safe. New customers using EPAJ25. Mobile only. Applies to bets placed from 17:00 on 9th September until 22:30 on 25th September 2021. Max £1 bet at 25/1. Returns paid as 5 x £5 free bets (30 day expiry). Player & currency restrictions & terms apply. BeGambleAware.
“The same thing happened to me last season. This year, it’s happened to Paqueta. Honestly, I don’t understand the reasons.
The famous ‘Joga Bonito’ [beautiful game] is over. Enjoy while it lasts.”
Neymar likewise received a booking after he attempted the same skill against Arnaud Souquet last season during PSG’s 5-0 win over Montpellier, with the referee on that day, Jerome Brisard, cautioning the forward as a result.
He continued to vent his frustration away from the turf after the win, writing on his Instagram page back in February: “I just play football.”