Neymar And Four Others See Red Cards As PSG Show Off Their Boxing Skills (video)
No less than five players from both sides were ejected in injury time as the tense clash descended into anarchy
Neymar was one of three Paris Saint-Germainplayers to see the red card as their Ligue 1return against Marseille descended into chaos on Sunday.
Having been excused from duty for the first two rounds of 2020-21 due to their exertions in the delayed Champions League knockout stages, Thomas Tuchel’s men were back in action this weekend as they welcomed l’OM to Parc des Princes.
There is little love lost between the capital side and Marseille, but a bad-tempered game that saw 36 fouls committed and 12 yellow cards handed out inside the 90 minutes eventually spiralled out of control deep into injury time.
A tussle between Argentine pair Dario Benedetto and Leandro Paredes quickly escalated into an all-out brawl between PSG and Marseille players, with Neymar in the thick of things.
The Brazilian slapped defender Alvaro Gonzalez on the back of the head, while Layvin Kurzawa and Jordan Amavi also traded blows.
Once order was restored referee Jerome Brisard showed a straight red to Neymar, Kurzawa and Amavi for their part in the fracas, the former going following a consultation with VAR, with Paredes and Benedetto also ordered from the field after picking up second bookings.
As a result PSG played out the final minutes with eight men and Marseille nine, the latter holding on to take a 1-0 victory having gone ahead in the first half thanks to Florent Thauvin’s goal – their first win in 20 matches against the dominant side in French football over the last decade.
The rivalry between the two French giants is one of the biggest in Ligue 1, and has only grown more tense thanks to PSG’s recent Champions League exploits.
Police in Marseille even went as far as to ban the use of the club’s shirts around the city on the night of their final defeat to Bayern Munich, after reports of incidents between fans of thw two sides following their semi win over RB Leipzig.
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Did you see the FIVE RED CARDS handed out in the PSG-Marseille game this morning? Even Neymar got the chop! pic.twitter.com/co5rVNuldN
— FlashScore.com.au (@FlashScoreAU) September 14, 2020