Neymar often does such celebration after a goal by holding his head with his hands and standing still for a while. He said in an interview that such a celebration is for the critics.
No one bothered about this celebration of Neymar for so long. However, the referee of the PSG-Maccabi Haifa match in the Champions League did not like it. The Brazilian star of PSG was shown a yellow card due to such a celebration.
The incident happened in the 88th minute of the PSG-Maccabi match. By that time, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe scored PSG 2-1. At this time, Neymar scored the team’s third goal from Marco Verratti’s pass. The celebration of the familiar pose begins with the goal, as it always does. Referee Daniel Siebert thought the celebration was unusual.
Neymar taunts the crowd by referring to the jubilation in the home gallery after Maccabi Haifa took the lead early in the match—the referee probably thought so. This is why the yellow card was shown to Neymar. The PSG forward was shocked at first, then became angry. However, the German referee upheld the card despite protests.
After the game, Neymar tweeted one after another expressing his anger at the referee’s decision. Posting a picture of the celebration for which the card was displayed, she captioned it, ‘I’m asking, is this okay?’Referee
After that, in another tweet, he got angry with the referee and wrote, “This is done without respect for a player. Such things cannot happen. I did nothing but saw the yellow card. For this, I have to face loss. And who is the judge? He does not want to accept that he has made a mistake.
At the end of the match, however, Neymar told reporters in the mixed zone, “I just talked to the referee.” He apologized. But there is a yellow card attached to my name. A referee is supposed to protect the players. What happened to me today is sad.
After seeing a yellow card for celebrating, Neymar also expressed his disappointment with the new rules of football, ‘football is becoming boring day by day. Can’t even celebrate. What could I do here? I told the referee or UEFA, do not to give me a yellow card! I don’t know It’s nasty, not respectable. Not only for me but also for football.