Neymar was booked for doing his trademark celebration tonight and nobody understands why
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Neymar was booked for busting out his trademark celebration in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 victory over Maccabi Haifa and nobody understands why.
The winger scored PSG's third goal on Wednesday evening to make it two wins out of two in this season's Champions League.
After coolly slotting past goalkeeper Josh Cohen, Neymar wheeled away and put his thumbs to his head and stuck his tongue out.
It's something you'll be familiar with if you've seen the 30-year-old in Ligue 1 action. Referee Daniel Siebert wasn't a fan though and gave Neymar a yellow card for the gesture.
📸 - Neymar does his usual celebration which he does every week, but the referee decides to punish him for it with a yellow card. pic.twitter.com/DIDjdbNrnT— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) September 14, 2022
Neymar pleaded his innocence but it came to naught. A blemish on what was otherwise a positive evening for Christophe Galtier's side.
Fans have reacted to the Brazil international being cautioned and they think it's borderline disrespect.
One person said: "The most overhated player I've ever seen."
Another commented: "Neymar would get booked for doing anything it's unfair."
A third tweeted: "He's punished for having fun on the pitch."
While someone put: "Maccabi Haifa players didn't feel provoked by his celebration and the ref randomly gives him a yellow like wtf."
Haifa did take the lead 24 minutes in through Tjaronn Chery, who put the ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma for Haifa's first Champions League goal since 2002.
Their lead would last until eight minutes before the break as Lionel Messi turned home to become the first player to score in 18 consecutive Champions League campaigns.
Messi turned provider after the restart and he set up Kylian Mbappe, who was as clinical as ever.
Neymar got on the scoresheet two minutes from time to make it the first time 'MNM' have scored in the same European game.
"We had two or three big chances in the first period, they too had some, and that made it very hard in a tough atmosphere," Galtier explained to RMC Sport per Daily Mail.
"We were not well organised and it made for a very difficult first period. We had to rectify things and after the break we were much more compact.
"The opponents are always of very good quality in the Champions League so we had to react after this first period more than just average, especially on a tactical level."
PSG return to action against Lyon on Sunday.