Neymar Planned Mocking Erling Haaland According To A Teammate
Neymar planned to mock Erling Haaland after Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund in advance according to teammate Marquinhos.
An image of Haaland emerged on social media ahead of the second leg with the caption 'My city, not yours', in relation to Paris.
The second leg saw PSG win the game as well as the tie, with the Brazilian copying Haaland's 'tranquility' celebration after scoring the opener, as did the whole team at full-time.
PSG players all copying Erling Haaland's goal celebration after knocking Dortmund out of the Champions League :eyes: pic.twitter.com/1alUtssOgk
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 11, 2020
Neymar also took to Instagram following the game and posted a message of 'Paris is our city, not yours', which Marquinhos admitted was premeditated.
"He likes that. Neymar is not just a football player, he is not afraid and always responds to provocations," the midfielder explained to YouTube channel Desimpedidos.
"After his goal, I asked him if he had taken everything out. He warned me, I told him to wait until the end of the match, but he told me to leave it and not to stop it."
The image of Haaland with the caption referring to Paris was eventually debunked as a fake.
UEFA hit Thomas Tuchel's side with a formal warning for 'unsportsmanlike conduct' in the wake of their victory but PSG managed to escape a fine.
Many members of the PSG squad took part in mocking the 19-year-old on social media following the game but one man refused to get involved - Edinson Cavani.
Cavani was not only absent from PSG's post-game Haaland troll pic, he also set himself apart from his clownish teammates in this vid pic.twitter.com/OKewfIe7UE
- Martin da Cruz (@martindacruz_) March 12, 2020
According to Ovacion, the former Napoli striker questioned Neymar's decision to celebrate in a mocking manner and he also refused to join in any of the dressing room shenanigans.
Erling's father Alfie was also frustrated at the treatment of his son and took to Twitter to post a sarcasm-filled message.
Accompanied with a video of the PSG team's antics, he wrote: "Goodbye beautiful Paris.
"Shame about the result, but well deserved on the day. All the best, showing class on and off the pitch."
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