NEYMAR could be BANNED for the Champions League final after swapping shirts following Paris Saint-Germain’s win over RB Leipzig.
The Brazilian broke Uefa’s coronavirus protocol when he was caught on camera trading with Marcel Halstenberg after the French giants’ 3-0 win on Tuesday.
Neymar Jr – Marcel Halstenberg #UCL pic.twitter.com/WvjabjgO2z
Uefa’s 31-page ‘Return to play protocol’, issued earlier this month, states: “Players are recommended to refrain from swapping their shirts.”
It adds that non-compliance with the obligations “may lead to disciplinary measures in accordance with the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations.”
According to reports before the competition’s return from the Covid-19 shutdown, swapping shirts during the Lisbon mini-tournament would result in a 12-day period of self-isolation.
Uefa’s official protocol does not explicitly address a period of isolation in cases of shirt-swapping.
PSG will now face Bayern Munich or Lyon, who meet on Wednesday night, in just five days’ time, on Sunday.
Therefore, should disciplinary measures be applied, there is a real risk the Brazilian superstar could be unavailable.
PSG are turning it 🔛
Angel Di Maria doubles their lead after capitalising on a goalkeeping error! 🎯
THAT Neymar assist 🤤#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/fO3jABr1FH
Neymar, 28, was at his influential best as PSG outclassed their German rivals at Benfica’s Stadium of Light to reach the final for the first time.
The world-record £198million signing hit the post TWICE in the first half before providing a delicious assist for PSG team-mate Angel Di Maria to put his side 2-0 up.
The ball was fizzed into the box after a terrible error by RB Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi.
Neymar took the sting out of it with with a delightful back-heel assist for Di Maria to control then slide the ball home.
Marquinhos and Juan Bernat were the other scorers in a 3-0 win.
BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand said: “At first I thought he didn’t mean it, then I looked at the replay and just… wow.”
Should Neymar miss Sunday’s showpiece, it is likely Stoke flop Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting could stand in.
The Cameroon striker, who scored five times in 30 games for the Potters, netted the winner in last week’s quarter-final against Atalanta.