Paris St-Germain manager, Unai Emery says referee Ruddy Buquet was unfair to have shown ‘important player’ Neymar a red card during their Ligue 1 clash with Marseille on Sunday night.
The world’s most expensive player was sent off during his debut El Classique after an altercation with Lucas Ocampos, who went down dramatically in front of the referee exactly three minutes to stoppage time.
The Brazilian forward was fouled five times during the encounter and objects were thrown on him from the stands when he would take a corner.
Emery defended Neymar afterwards, saying the £200million man was singled out for rough treatment throughout the fiery contest.
“We are a little disappointed about the sending off because he was fouled a lot throughout the match,” Emery was quoted to have said by Daily Mail.
“The yellow card, I think it’s not fair to Neymar. He’s a player who wants to play, but if every game he is provoked… [there will be] aggression. I think it’s a job to protect the important players in both teams.”
Emery added: “The result is right.. The difficulty for us was that the grass was longer and the match had less rhythm. “We wanted more rhythm, more play, but it was difficult. They had an opportunity and they scored in the first-half.
“After 2-1 and the sending off it was difficult for us but the character of the team helped us draw.”
Edinson Cavani scored a stunning 93rd-minute free-kick to salvage a draw for the visitors as they remain unbeaten in the league this season.
PSG are thus four points clear of Monaco at the top of the table, while Marseille are on fifth position.
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