Neymar faces risk of Champions League ban, after breaking COVID-19 protocols to swap shirts against RB Leipzig
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is reportedly at risk of being banned for the Champions League final after swapping shirts following his side’s semi-final success against RB Leipzig
Before the Champions League’s restart, UEFA released a protocol in which indicated that players swapping shirts after games were now prohibited. They stated: “Players are recommended to refrain from swapping their shirts.”
Neymar was, however, caught on camera trading shirts with RB Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg after the full-time whistle on Tuesday.
It’s indicated that non-compliance with the regulations ‘may lead to disciplinary measures in accordance with the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations’
Failure to comply with the rule reportedly warrants a one-game suspension with the player self-isolating for at least twelve days.
Goals from Marquinhos, Ángel di María and Juan Bernat gave Paris Saint-Germain a comfortable 3-0 victory over Leipzig on Tuesday, sending them through to their first UEFA Champions League final.
Although Neymar was unable to get on the scoresheet, he performed superbly and was only denied by the frame of the post on two occasions.
To cap an overall excellent performance, the Brazil international set up a mouth-watering assist for Ángel di María for the French champion’s second of the night.
PSG will now wait for the winners of this evening’s semi-final clash between Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyon.
Neymar has played a huge part in Paris Saint-Germain’s progression to the final. He has scored three goals and registered four assists in six appearances in the competition this season.
Both Neymar and PSG will hope that he avoids punishment because refraining from swapping shirts is a “recommendation”, as stated in the released protocols. The Ligue 1 champions need their biggest and best player on the biggest day in the club’s history.