Neymar, Edinson Cavani kept apart as Paris Saint-Germain set piece row escalates
Neymar and Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain’s two high-profile footballers, had an arguement on who would take a penalty during a Ligue 1 match against Lyon. It has caused tensions in the teamfootball Updated: Sep 20, 2017 09:03 IST
Neymar and Edinson Cavani had to be kept apart by teammates after a set-piece row escalated from the pitch to the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room, according to French daily L’Equipe.
The incident occurred in the 79th minute of the Ligue 1 game against Lyon at Parc des Princes. PSG eventually went on to win 2-0, keeping their spot at the top of Ligue 1 with six wins out of six. PSG were awarded a penalty over which the two fought as to who will take it. The Uruguayan eventually took the penalty and it was saved by Lyon’s Portuguese goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
On their front page, L’Equipe ran Le Clash as headline implying the unease between the teammates in the dressing room.
There was yet another incident earlier in the game. Cavani looked all set to take a free-kick before another PSG’s summer signing and Neymar’s Brazil teammate, Dani Alves took the ball from him and handed it to Neymar.
Coach Unai Emery is already under pressure after failing to win Ligue 1 last season and losing to Barcelona in the Champion’s League. He said he will not hesitate to intervene should the players fail to come to an amicable conclusion.
Neymar left Barcelona this summer to come to the French capital for a world record transfer fee.