Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar Junior, has described the late penalty awarded Manchester United in their Wednesday Champions League encounter as a “disgrace”.
United won the tie in a dramatic 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night after the referee awarded a 94 minute penalty through the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Diago Dalot’s shot had hit defender, Presnel Kimpempe, on his arm in the box.
After a 3-3 aggregate, the English side qualified to the quarterfinal stage on away goals, despite being 2-0 down at home in the first leg.
Romelu Lukaku’s two goals had given United a life line, despite Bernat’s goal.
But the 27-year-old, who watched the game from the stand due to injury, said the penalty decision was a disgrace, accusing the referees of knowing nothing about VAR.
“How can it be a handball when it hits his back!” Neymar asked in the post.
“This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR. There is no penalty,” said the former Barcelona player, who missed both legs through Injury.”
PSG manager, Thomas Tuchel, said the penalty should not have been given because Dalot’s shot was not on target.
“From my point of view I watched Dalot take the shot. I saw the ball flying straight from his foot and for me it was clear it was going way over the bar,” said Tuchel.
“There are many things to discuss before taking the decision and I think it’s a 50-50 decision. What makes it super hard is I had the clear feeling the shot was not on target, and to get rewarded with a penalty, there is no logic.”