Could Neymar be suspended or pardoned for his red card against Marseille

Could Neymar be suspended or pardoned for his red card against Marseille

PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is "very worried" about a potential suspension for three of his club's stars, including Neymar.

Neymar Jr, Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa were all sent off at the end of PSG's 1-0 defeat to Marseille on Sunday, which ended with a fight between the two sides.

After a review by VAR, Neymar was shown a red card for striking Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez in the back of the head in the midst of the scuffle.

Immediately after the match Neymar indicated he had little remorse for his actions, accusing Gonzalez of making racist talk, but later admitted he had gone overboard in his response.

A disciplinary committee is set to review the case on Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel has said he is concerned about further sanctions for three of his key players.

"Yes we are very worried about these decisions, myself in particular, because I am not sure that we are looking at the whole context and everything that happened on the ground," Tuchel told a press conference.



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PSG have now suffered a back-to-back defeats in their two opening Ligue 1 matches. Tuchel has taken rumours over his future in stride, saying talk of his possible sacking comes with the territory of being PSG manager.

"It's always like that," Tuchel explained. "If he loses in the final, we say he must be sacked. If he loses to Dortmund, he has to be sacked too.

"This is nothing new. You (the press) are the ones who circulate these rumours, right? It is not us. Me, I read absolutely nothing and I am calm. It's better."

After losing the Champions League trophy to Bayern, PSG have now lost three consecutive games.

Tuchel has admitted the defeats is a crisis but has explained that a shortened pre-season and several cases of Covid-19 among his squad have contributed to a difficult situation at the club.

"This is the reality, yes, we have a crisis of results," Tuchel said. "We remain on three consecutive defeats, we are not used to that, but it is important to look at the context and analyse the facts.

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"For me, we had a good game on Sunday. We must not only stop at the result. We were missing our four forwards in this game.

"Many players had Covid and we started the season without a friendly match and without real pre-season preparations.

"It was clear to me that it would be a difficult start to the season. But suddenly, I was almost surprised to see how we controlled the match against Marseille.

"There were two or three classes of difference between the two teams. Our statistics were extraordinary.

"They had all the luck in the world. It's hard to accept that, but you watch the performance when you prefer to watch the results. I'm very calm. If we find attackers, we will win matches."

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