Paris Saint-Germain hit back at poll questioning Brazil star
PSG have hit out at a poll that found 84 per cent of the French population think Neymar « provokes defenders ».
Radio station RTL ran a survey in which 78 per cent of football fans also agreed that the Brazil star « plays an unsafe diversion » with his style of play.
The poll was conducted three days after Neymar was ruled out for 10 weeks with a foot injury sustained when he was fouled by Strasbourg’s Moataz Zemzemi in a Coupe de France coordinate.
His team-mate, Anthony Gonçalves, later told Neymar « don’t come and complain when you get kicked » after he had responded to Zemzemi’s foul by delivering a ‘rainbow flick’ over the player’s head.
PSG ask French authorities to offer Neymar better protection
PSG provided data suggesting Neymar is better protected by officials in the Champions League and approached Ligue 1 officials to accomplish more to stop relentless fouling.