Lyon star Paqueta BOOKED for attempting rainbow flick as Neymar fumes ‘the beautiful game is over’

NEYMAR shared his outrage at fellow Brazil star Luis Paqueta being BOOKED for attempting a rainbow flick in a match on Wednesday.

With his side Lyon leading 3-1 against Troyes in the last minute of the game, Paqueta flicked the ball over his opponent.


Neymar stood up for compatriot Paqueta for the ridiculous punishment
Paqueta was very shocked to see the referee give him a yellow card


Paqueta was very shocked to see the referee give him a yellow card

But the referee quickly intervened to stop play before brandishing a yellow card to Paqueta – who was in utter disbelief at the punishment.

Since no serious foul play was caused by the midfielder, it seems most likely that he was booked for mocking his opponent.

Laws in French football say a player may receive a yellow card for doing something that ridicules a rival.

In fact, Neymar was booked two seasons ago for exactly that infringement when he attempted a rainbow flick during Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win over Montpellier.

The Brazilian pulled out his moment of magic against two Montpellier players, and referee Jerome Brisard booked him for unsporting behaviour.

Paqueta’s incident has sparked fury in Neymar, and he took to Instagram to express himself.

He wrote: “This episode is very, very sad, receiving a yellow card for a dribble.


“The technical gesture is a solution, no matter where it takes place and no matter what minute it is performed.

“The same thing happened to me last season. This year, it’s happened to Paqueta. Honestly, I don’t understand the reasons.

“The famous ‘Joga Bonito’ [beautiful game] is over. Enjoy while it lasts.”

After Neymar was punished for a rainbow flick in 2020 he wrote on social media: “I just play football.”

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