Neymar clashes with referee after simple handshake in PSG game turns sour

Neymar was involved in a handshake incident with referee Ortiz Arias on Wednesday night that led to the attacker throwing his arms in the air.

The Paris Saint-Germain star was clearly frustrated after the French side were held to a draw in their Champions League Group H clash with Benfica.

Lionel Messi gave the visitors the lead with a superb first-time hit before Portuguese international Danilo Pereira put through his own net to restore the balance, with the game ending 1-1.

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After the match finished with each side getting a point apiece, Neymar went to shake the hand of official Arias. But as they were in a grip the superstar looked to say something under his breath. This caused the referee to clutch onto Neymar’s hand and not let go.

The former Barcelona attacker responded angrily, throwing his hands in the air and then giving a sarcastic thumbs up to the referee.

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Neymar had been booked late on in the encounter for a foul on Benfica’s Florentino, as the contest became heated towards the end of the match, with players and staff from both sides getting involved after a heavy challenge was laid on PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The former Milan shotstopper looked to begin a counter-attack for his side but was barged to the floor by an opposition player, enraging him.

Former Brazil international Luisao, now part of Benfica's coaching staff, looked particularly annoyed by the reaction of some of the PSG players and got involved. Eventually, the trouble calmed down as officials got in the middle of the row to cool tempers.

The draw leaves PSG top of the group still, on seven points. Benfica have the same amount but a fewer goals difference, putting them in second place and therefore on course to progress into the knockout stages.

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