Brazil striker Neymar is facing sanctions from European football body UEFA over remarks he made following the elimination of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) from the UEFA Champions League.
UEFA, on Wednesday, said a disciplinary investigation has started after the PSG forward criticised in an Instagram post the officiating of the defeat to Manchester United.
He described referee Damir Skomina’s late penalty decision, made after using the video assistant referee system, as a “disgrace” on social media.
Neymar was watching injured as United overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit. He said the penalty, which was scored by Marcus Rashford, “doesn’t exist”.
He added: “It’s a disgrace. Four guys who know nothing about football watch a slow-motion replay in front of the television.”
The referee reviewed footage of the ball striking the hand of PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe before awarding the visitors an injury-time penalty that gave them a 3-1 win on the night, and saw them progress on the away goals rule.
“What can he do with his hand while his back is turned?” asked Neymar, who missed both legs through injury.
The English Premier League (EPL) side scored a late penalty kick, awarded following a video review, for a 3-1 win to tie the last 16 encounter.