Neymar’s dad passionately calls for football authorities to protect players after PSG superstar suffers fresh injury blow December 15, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Neymar’s father has criticised football authorities and referees following the foul that saw his son stretchered off for Paris Saint-Germain against Lyon.
The Brazilian was the victim of a tough tackle from Thiago Mendes – who was later sent off following a VAR review – in added time of PSG’s 1-0 loss to their French rivals on Sunday.
The challenge resulted in Neymar leaving the field on a stretcher, although tests on Monday revealed he is not as badly injured as initially feared.
Neymar’s father, however, passionately called for football’s top brass to protect players from violent challenges.
Taking to Instagram, he said: “Damn… how much longer? We have spoken about this so much, we have so underlined the excess of violence.
“Why not stop it at the beginning, with the first foul, why wait until the seventh, eighth, ninth foul?
“We are not taking the necessary measures throughout the whole game, where Neymar suffered the usual rotation of fouls, and always violent ones.
“This encourages these types of players and attitudes. If this sort of thing is allowed to continue, football will really lose a lot.
“FOR HOW MUCH LONGER WILL THE VICTIM BE THE ONE AT FAULT?”
Making it clear that Neymar Sr feels the buck stops with the referees, he added: “It is up to the person who controls the match, the person who has the opportunity to protect… ahh…
“What can we do? I hope that God looks after you.”