Lille defender explains Neymar’s petty actions which caused PSG tunnel fight

Neymar’s actions which started a tunnel fight between PSG and Lille have been explained by one of the rival players.

The Brazilian suffered a disastrous return to action for the French side, picking up a red card in a 1-0 home defeat to title rivals Lille.

Having picked up a yellow card for squaring up to Benjamin Andre, his strong reaction to a tackle from Tiago Djalo got him sent off.

But the forward, who cost £200m from Barcelona in 2017, clashed with the defender again after he was also sent off.

And the 20-year-old has now detailed Neymar’s behaviour after he chose to “ignore” the forward on their way to the dressing rooms.

Speaking to Portuguese outlet A Bola, the defender said: “In the dressing room tunnel, he said things to me that I ignored. He even threw tape [that is wrapped around players' ankles] in my face.

“What did he say? I don't know, but they weren't good things. It is part of the game, but it is what Neymar lacks, a little more respect. Neymar needs to have more respect.”

Djalo, though, also slammed the media for preferential treatment of the “most media-friendly” players such as the Brazilian.

“The media? They have a share of responsibility,” the Portuguese full-back added.

“They always end up favouring the most media-friendly players, who end up by being more protected.”

No preferential treatment was given to Neymar in the aftermath, though, as he was dubbed “crazy” by Telefoot.

Pundit Bixente Lizarazu said: “As soon as things don't turn out in his favour Neymar goes crazy.

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  • “He tripped when he was back after two months of injury, and preparing for a Champions League match. He is a fantastic player but his behaviour is not teammate behaviour.”

    Neymar was making his first start for PSG after nine games out due to a groin injury, having been given 20 minutes in the 4-2 win over Lyon last month.

    But they were behind in the same amount of time, with Jonathan David finishing off a slick move which never got a response.

    With the 29-year-old no failing to score since the middle of February, it saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side lose their spot at the top of Ligue 1 to Lille.

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