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Neymar claims referee Bjorn Kuipers was disrespectful during PSG’s draw at Napoli

Neymar has claimed that referee Bjorn Kuipers said ‘something he should not have’ to him during PSG‘s Champions League draw with Napoli.

The Brazilian played the full game and was shown a yellow card as Thomas Tuchel’s men were denied victory by Lorenzo Insigne’s 62nd minute penalty.

But despite picking up a good away point, Neymar was left furious after the final whistle following an altercation with experienced official Kuipers. 

Neymar shouts at referee Bjorn Kuipers during PSG's 1-1 draw away at Napoli on Tuesday night

Neymar shouts at referee Bjorn Kuipers during PSG's 1-1 draw away at Napoli on Tuesday night

Neymar shouts at referee Bjorn Kuipers during PSG’s 1-1 draw away at Napoli on Tuesday night

The Brazilian was shown a yellow card late in the game as he waited to take a free-kick

The Brazilian was shown a yellow card late in the game as he waited to take a free-kick

Marco Verratti keeps an eye on Neymar as he receives a booking

Marco Verratti keeps an eye on Neymar as he receives a booking

The Brazilian was shown a yellow card late in the game as he waited to take a free-kick

Kylian Mbappe appears to hold Neymar back while a stretcher is brought onto the pitch

Kylian Mbappe appears to hold Neymar back while a stretcher is brought onto the pitch

Kylian Mbappe appears to hold Neymar back while a stretcher is brought onto the pitch

‘The referee told me something he should not have,’ Neymar said. ‘It was disrespectful.

‘I do not want to repeat what he said to me. However, somebody high up should do something.’

Neymar was booked in second half stoppage time as he waited to take a free-kick alongside team-mate Marco Verratti. It is not clear whether the alleged incident took place while he was being booked, or at another point in the match.

Pictures from Stadio San Paolo show a frustrated Neymar shouting at Kuipers and appearing to be held back and calmed down by team-mate Kylian Mbappe after taking issue with one of the referee’s decisions. 

Kylian Mbappe leads a frustrated Neymar away from the referee at Stadio San Paolo

Kylian Mbappe leads a frustrated Neymar away from the referee at Stadio San Paolo

Kylian Mbappe leads a frustrated Neymar away from the referee at Stadio San Paolo

Mbappe takes Neymar away from Kuipers after he continued to complain about a decision

Mbappe takes Neymar away from Kuipers after he continued to complain about a decision

Mbappe takes Neymar away from Kuipers after he continued to complain about a decision

Neymar stares down the official after being booked in Tuesday's Champions League draw

Neymar stares down the official after being booked in Tuesday's Champions League draw

Neymar stares down the official after being booked in Tuesday’s Champions League draw

‘He cannot be as disrespectful as he was with me,’ Neymar added. 

‘On the pitch, we are asked to show respect towards the referees. We should get the same in return.’ 

It remains to be seen whether PSG will lodge an official complaint against Kuipers, who has been a FIFA listed referee since 2006.

Neymar attempts to get away from Napoli's Nikola Maksimovic during the Group C clash

Neymar attempts to get away from Napoli's Nikola Maksimovic during the Group C clash

Neymar attempts to get away from Napoli’s Nikola Maksimovic during the Group C clash

The former Barcelona star appeals for a decision during a frustrating evening in Naples

The former Barcelona star appeals for a decision during a frustrating evening in Naples

The former Barcelona star appeals for a decision during a frustrating evening in Naples

The Dutchman took charge of the 2014 Champions League final and this year’s Europa League final between Marseille and Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile, Napoli moved level with Group C leaders Liverpool after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against PSG.

Following the Reds’ surprise 2-0 defeat away at Red Star Belgrade earlier on Tuesday, both teams were looking to capitalise and boost hopes of qualification for the knockout stage.

Juan Bernat produced a finish as he tumbled to the ground following a pacey run into the box

Juan Bernat produced a finish as he tumbled to the ground following a pacey run into the box

Juan Bernat produced a finish as he tumbled to the ground following a pacey run into the box

Lorenzo Insigne equalised from the penalty spot to earn Napoli a hard-fought point on Tuesday

Lorenzo Insigne equalised from the penalty spot to earn Napoli a hard-fought point on Tuesday

Lorenzo Insigne equalised from the penalty spot to earn Napoli a hard-fought point on Tuesday

PSG, who are just a point behind in third place, took the lead in first-half stoppage time through defender Juan Bernat.

However, Napoli rallied following the restart, forcing veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon into a string of fine saves before Insigne eventually levelled things up from the penalty spot.

The Serie A side, though, could not conjure a winner, with Mbappe firing a late chance wide for the visitors.

 

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