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PSG’s Neymar sees red card, says sent-off was ‘harsh’

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar felt his red card against Marseille was harsh, saying he had numerous marks on his body to show from the Le Classique.

football Updated: Oct 23, 2017 16:03 IST
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French referee Ruddy Buquet shows a red card to Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (C) during the French L1 football match between Olympique Marseille and PSG on October 22, 2017, at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille.
French referee Ruddy Buquet shows a red card to Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (C) during the French L1 football match between Olympique Marseille and PSG on October 22, 2017, at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille. (AFP)

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar felt his red card against Olympique Marseille was harsh, saying he had numerous marks on his body to show from the Le Classique.

The Brazil forward was sent off in the 87th minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw after clashing with Lucas Ocampos and picking up a second yellow card.

Neymar was fouled five times – the most of any player – during the encounter, which PSG took a point from thanks to Edinson Cavani’s free-kick.

The 25-year-old, who earlier delayed taking a corner as objects thrown from the stands rained down around him, was unhappy with his sending off, criticising referee Ruddy Buquet.

“I think it was exaggerated, yes. And unfair. I spent the whole game getting enough. I have many marks on my body,” Neymar told Esporte Interativo.

“It was a move I tried to continue after suffering a foul. I was annoyed at the blow from behind.”

Neymar added: “The referee did what he wanted, which was to send me off and appear more than the players.”

PSG are four points clear atop Ligue 1 after the draw, with Neymar set to miss Friday’s clash against Nice.