Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has sympathised with Neymar after his talisman was sent off in the dying minutes of Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Bordeaux.
The Ligue 1 leaders eked out a tetchy win at the Parc des Princes to stay 13 points ahead at the top of the table, though Neymar raised a few eyebrows with his clumsy challenge in injury time to receive a second yellow card.
Tuchel gave a calm response to the incident in his post-match press conference: “We have to talk about the whole situation. He is nervous and he reacts. It is human. He must not, but it is human. And the Bordeaux player does not even get a yellow card.”
Goal provided footage of the 92nd-minute tackle by Neymar, who only recently returned from a four-match spell on the sidelines due to an apparent rib injury:
Marquinhos scored twice to go along with strikes from Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, who extended his tally as the club’s all-time record scorer with his 200th PSG goal.
Neymar failed to be involved in any of his side’s four goals and will now be absent for Saturday’s home fixture against 17th-place Dijon, one of only three teams to have beaten Tuchel’s men in Ligue 1 this season.
Conspiracy theories have spiralled as a result of the red, with Neymar now set to return to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for Carnival despite previously stating he wouldn’t return to his native land for the celebrations (h/t ESPN FC):
BBC Sport dissected Neymar’s seemingly suspicious habit of getting injured or suspended around this time of year, which just so happens to be near his sister’s birthday (March 11).