The corridors of the Parc des Princes were the scene of an exchange between Mr. Jérôme Brisard, the Paris referee SG-RC Lens (2-1, 35th day of Ligue 1) and the Parisian sporting director Leonardo. According to information from Canal +, the latter criticized him for not protecting enough his compatriot Neymar (29 years old), several times on the ground during the first period against the muscular marking of the defenders of the Sang-et-Or.
An exit that revives the controversy around the treatment of the Brazilian star of PSG, often injured since his arrival at Paris SG, by his opponents in L1 and by the men in black officiating on the national scene. Especially since one of the most important matches of the Parisian season looms on the horizon on Tuesday, against Manchester City (Champions League semi-final return). And the reactions were not long in coming. Present at a press conference, Jonathan Gradit, who led life hard at No. 10 Rouge-et-Bleu, did not really agree with the Parisian leader.
Pochettino did not want to save it
“I don’t necessarily agree. I think the referee today was fair in these decisions. I think he’s a referee who listens and interacts with the players, which is rare enough in Ligue 1 to be underlined. I’m not sure he’s not protected enough. On the contrary, we know that he has a tendency to fall as soon as there is a small fault, so the referee often whistles for him. I think he is the player who causes the most fouls in L1. I think it’s not necessarily justified to say that “, replied the central artesian.
For his part, Mauricio Pochettino, PSG coach, explained why he had not released his strongman earlier in the game, despite the many faults suffered. “Neymar was arrested for a long time (for injury), he needs playing time, rhythm, and in addition, he is a player who recovers quickly between matches. There is always a risk of taking a blow or something. It’s football. There is always a risk, whether it’s the first or the last minute of a game. But Ney needs to play to offer his best version ”, dropped the Argentine, rather detached, where Leonardo seemed to have recovered. The debate is nevertheless relaunched …