UEFA investigating Neymar's penalty comments

REUTERS  Charles Platiau

REUTERS Charles Platiau

Brazilian footballer Neymar could face Champions League ban after the governing body of the competition, the UEFA, opened an investigation subject to his fould-mouthing of the referees on social media after Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) controversial loss to Manchester United.

The penalty was awarded by VAR after Diogo Dalot's shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm, but Neymar was adamant the spot-kick should not have been given.

United scored a late penalty, awarded following a video review, to advance on the away goals rule with a 3-1 win to tie the last-16 encounter 3-3 on aggregate.

"This is a disgrace", the 27-year-old raged on Instagram at the time. How can it be a handball when it hits...

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"A disciplinary investigation has been initiated.in connection with the comments made on social media", said a Uefa statement.

UEFA says it "appointed an ethics and disciplinary Inspector to conduct an investigation" of the social media comments.

Neymar, meanwhile, has not featured for PSG since he went off injured in the side's 2-0 victory over Strasbourg on January 23.

Neymar, who underwent recovery from his foot injury, watched from the stands at the Parc des Princes. Four guys who know nothing about football watch a slow-motion replay in front of the television.

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