Neymar face Champions League final ban

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Neymar could be suspended for the Champions League final after swapping shirts following Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

The Brazilian star broke UEFA’s coronavirus protocol when he was caught on camera swapping shirts with Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg.

UEFA’s 31-page ‘Return to play protocol’, issued earlier this month, states: “Players are recommended to refrain from swapping their shirts.”

It adds that non-compliance with the obligations “may lead to disciplinary measures in accordance with the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.”

According to reports before the competition’s return from the Covid-19 shutdown, swapping shirts during the Lisbon mini-tournament would result in a 12-day period of self-isolation.

Neymar Jr – Marcel Halstenberg #UCL pic.twitter.com/WvjabjgO2z

— 🧷 (@UCLUEL00) August 18, 2020

UEFA’s official protocol does not explicitly address a period of isolation in cases of shirt-swapping.

But with PSG now facing Bayern Munich or Lyon, who meet on Wednesday night, in just five days’ time, on Sunday, there is a real risk the former Barcelona forward could be unavailable.

The world-record £198 million signing hit the post twice in the first half before providing a clever assist for PSG team-mate Angel Di Maria to put his side 2-0 up.

The ball was fizzed into the box after a terrible error by RB Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi.

Neymar took the sting out of it with a delightful back-heel assist for Di Maria to control then slide the ball home.

Marquinhos and Juan Bernat were the other scorers in a 3-0 win.

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