Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been charged by UEFA for insulting the referee after his club were eliminated from the Champions League by Manchester United earlier this month.
Neymar missed both legs of the round of 16 tie following an injury he sustained prior to the encounter.
He was investigated for lashing out and labelling the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system a “disgrace”, after United won a controversial penalty in the dying stages to advance on away goals.
“Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the Uefa Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United FC (1-3), played on 6 March in France,” UEFA said in a statement.
“Player Neymar Junior – insulting / molesting acts against match official (statements made by the player following the above-mentioned match) – Art. 15 (1) (d) of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations.”
If he is found guilty, he could be suspended for three matches in the competition.
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body said it will look into the case, though a date for the hearing is yet to be confirmed.
Thomas Tuchel, PSG coach had said after the game that he understood Neymar’s anger and defended his comments, saying they were made in the heat of the moment.