Neymar to face ban for slapping and throwing a bottle of water at an opponent
Barcelona superstar, Neymar could get a devastating La Liga ban for slapping and throwing a bottle at Valencia defender, Antonio Barragan, reports in Spain say.
According to The Sun UK, Neymar slapped Valencia star, Antonio Barragan after Barcelona’s loss on Sunday night at the Nou Camp and also threw a bottle of water at the defender in the tunnel — but missed — before shouting “shut up, I earn ten times more than you!”
The 24-year-old Brazilian captain interrupted Barragan and his travelling team-mates’ full-time celebrations by raising his hands to the defender’s face.
Barca lost 2-1 at home to record its third league defeat in a row — and fourth without a win.
Santi Mina scored just before the break to add to Ivan Rakitic’s own-goal and plunge the Catalan club into further despair.
And Valencia’s stars — who have climbed out of the relegation zone and now sit 12th in the table — joined together in celebration once the final whistle was blown.
Neymar, having failed to threaten the visitors all game, spoiled the party by sneaking up to the trio and butting in.
Barragan had to be held back by his team-mates to stop him confronting the Barcelona star. Referee David Fernandez Borbalan failed to see the slap but TV cameras picked it up.
Neymar served a four-game ban at the Copa America for kicking the ball at an opponent at the end of Brazil’s 1-0 loss to Colombia in in June 2015.
Luis Enrique’s side is now top of the table only on head-to-head results, with Atletico Madrid joint on 76 points and rivals Real one point behind both.
A suspension for Neymar would leave Barcelona in trouble with just five games to go, as they would need to replace their 21-goal forward.