‘Speak French… my a**!’: Neymar in heated row with match officials after PSG star ‘booked for showboating’ (VIDEO)
In a first-half incident at the Parc des Princes, Neymar attempted to pull off a ‘rainbow’ flick over the heads of two Montpellier players while near the touchline.
The ball went out of play, although referee Jérôme Brisard then called him over, appearing to reprimand the Brazilian for showing off.
As the pair argued, Brisard brandished a yellow card at Neymar.
Neymar Jr to the referee - “I am playing football” 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/l5AdmVCgp1— Seleção Brasil 🇧🇷 (@Brazil_TeamNews) February 2, 2020
Neymar took issue with his treatment in the tunnel at half-time, with footage showing him speaking to the fourth official.
"I play football and he gives me a yellow card!" Neymar is heard remonstrating in Portuguese.
After being told to “speak French,” Neymar shoots back by saying “speak French my ass.”
This happened yesterday in the PSG tunnel after the referee booked Neymar for showboating.Neymar: "I play football and this man gives me a yellow card."Referee: "Speak french. Speak french."Neymar: "Speak french my ass." 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/DOnIuGR1yQ— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) February 2, 2020
Neymar also found himself in the spotlight when he shamed Montpellier’s Teji Savanier after the midfielder fouled him. The Brazilian took the ball and then danced past Savanier with a series of stepovers.
This is how Neymar gets things done... Wicked 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥He really did that guy dirty 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/J0MkOrcjWs— Messi (@Sawftouch) February 2, 2020
Neymar has in the past felt that he has not been afforded sufficient protection from referees in France.
In January of last year, Neymar left the field in tears when he broke his foot in a game against Strasbourg.
On that occasion, the Brazil ace, 27, was the victim of three fouls in quick succession, but responded by flicking the ball over the head of his marker.Also on rt.com 'Don't come blubbering': No sympathy for showboating Neymar as PSG star breaks foot
After he eventually had to leave the field, he was afforded little sympathy from opposition player Anthony Goncalves, who said: "It's Neymar's style, but don't come and complain when you get kicked.
"He is a great player, I respect him. He can enjoy himself but don't come blubbering afterwards."
PSG’s win on Saturday was also notable for a touchline clash between manager Thomas Tuchel and young French star Kylian Mbappe, who was unhappy at being brought off with around 20 minutes left to play.Also on rt.com ‘Embarrassing baby’: Fans slate Mbappe as PSG star’s touchline bust-up with Tuchel will leave Real Madrid rubbing hands with glee