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Neymar slams VAR, says handlers know nothing about football



Why Neymar may miss Champions League clash against Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar has strongly criticised the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after a late penalty decision resulted to his side’s ouster from the Champions League.

PSG were defeated 3-1 in Paris by Manchester United – a result that ensured that the Premier League side advanced to the quarterfinals.

Despite having a commanding lead in the tie following their 2-0 win away at Old Trafford, the French champions could not make it to the last eight.

Leading 2-1 at 90 minutes, Manchester United took advantage of a 94th-minute penalty decision awarded using VAR after Diogo Dalot’s shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm.

Marcus Rashford stepped up to take the spot kick and won the tie for his side on away goals.

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Brazilian Neymar, who missed both legs of the tie due to injury, believes the handlers of the video technology know nothing about football.

“It’s a disgrace. Four guys who know nothing about football watch a slow-motion replay in front of the television,” the 27-year old raged in an Instagram story.

“What can [Kimpembe] do with his hand while his back is turned?”

The video technology was only recently (in the knockout stage) introduced to the Champions League, following a decision by UEFA during the group stage.

Meanwhile, PSG manager, Thomas Tuchel said in a post-match intervie: “I saw the ball flying straight from his (Dalot) foot and for me it was clear it was going way over the bar.

“What makes it super hard is I had the clear feeling the shot was not on target, and to get rewarded with a penalty, there is no logic.”

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