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Barca vice-president blames Neymar for inflated transfer fees

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FC Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre said that Neymar’s behaviour prior to his switch to Paris St-Germain is the reason for football’s inflated transfer fees.

Mestre reportedly claimed that Brazil forward, 25, played “cat and mouse” with the Catalan club before his exit in August, when PSG paid 220m euros for Neymar, making him the most expensive player in history.

“We would have saved a lot of money and a lot of media noise,” Mestre added. “What hurt me the most was the way it happened.”

“If he came to us and said, ‘I want to go’, we would have reached an agreement. What you can’t do is rock the boat. He told us nothing. If he had done, PSG would have been able to buy him for less money and it would have cost us less to sign players too.”

Before Neymar’s parting of ways from Barca, he had signed a new five-year new deal with the club in July 2016, which included a 8.5m euro renewal bonus, and added at the time of his move to PSG that he had “followed his heart”.

“The decision was difficult to take,” the Olympic gold winner added. “I didn’t come for the money. I came for the motivation and the challenge.”

Since Neymar’s departure, Barcelona have spent £142m on signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, having brought in Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for an initial £97m, which could rise to £136m.

Following Neymar’s departure, Barcelona said they would withhold a further 26m euro (£23m) loyalty bonus, with FIFA currently investigating following an official complaint from Neymar regarding the issue.

“It arrived at a point where we saw where things were going, so we told him we would not pay his contract renewal loyalty fee,” said Mestre.

Ligue 1 referee who kicked player banned for six months

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Ligue 1 official Tony Chapron has been suspended by the French Football League (LFP) for six months for kicking Nantes defender Diego Carlos during a 1-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

In the late stages of the game in January, Carlos charged forward to join a Nantes counter-attack and clipped Chapron’s heels — clearly accidentally — sending the official tumbling to the ground.

However, Chapron retaliated and swung a kick out at the Brazilian before giving Carlos his marching orders with a second yellow card as the player complained.

The match official’s actions were immediately criticised by Nantes players after the game, with midfielder Valentin Rongier calling for him to be given a lengthy suspension.

“I don’t think Diego did it on purpose because he’s not a bad guy, and after the referee gets up and kicks out at him from the ground,” he said. “He dared to tell me that he slipped but I know he struck him. I know it’s difficult to referee, but they have to question themselves from time to time. If a player did that, we’d be banned for 10 matches. I hope the pictures speak for themselves.”

A retrospective review then saw Carlos’ red card quickly overturned by LFP officials, while the Chapron was suspended while the disciplinary committee investigated the situation.

However, despite the LFP having decided on the full extent of the referee’s punishment, half of his penalty has been suspended.

“After hearing Mr. Tony Chapron and reading the official’s report, the commission decided to sanction him with six months of suspension, three of which were suspended,” a statement on the website of the French football governing body read.

Neymar booed after denying Cavani penalty and club record

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Neymar was jeered by Paris St-Germain fans after he denied Edinson Cavani the chance to become the club’s all-time top scorer during the Ligue 1 side’s 8-0 rout of mid-table Dijon.

Cavani’s first-half strike saw him draw level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 156 goals in all competitions for PSG, and the hosts were leading strongly by 4-0 at half-time.

However, although Neymar had already completed a hat-trick before PSG were awarded a penalty, the Brazilian decided to take the spot-kick instead of allowing Cavani to take it, resulting in seemingly humorous jeers and chants for Cavani from the home crowd.

After the game, Neymar, shaking his head, palmed off his man of the match award to a PSG staff member as he walked hurriedly back to the dressing room at Parc des Princes, having not stopped for waiting television reporters.

This also follows an incident earlier this season in which the pair had argued over a penalty, with Cavani refusing to let Neymar take it and then missing, although coach Unai Emery defended Neymar after the match this time.

“I think Neymar took the penalty because it was also a good day for him,” Emery said. “We’re happy with it. But there will be lots more chances for Cavani to score more goals.”

On the other hand, PSG defender Thomas Meunier described it as “a bit of a shame and a bit ungrateful” but acknowledged that Neymar was his side’s penalty taker.

“He could have given him the ball, it would have been a nice gesture of fair play,” he said. “He did so much for the team today and the fact that the fans are whistling at him, well he didn’t take it very well. I think most players would have had the same reaction.”

PSG lead the table by 11 points from nearest rivals Lyon after 21 games — who they play on Sunday after having won their past eight league and cup games, scoring 31 goals and conceding just six.

Ligue 1 referee kicks out at Nantes player before sending him off

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Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron appeared to kick out at Nantes player Diego Carlos off the ball before showing the defender a red card in Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win.

PSG were advancing up the pitch in the last minute of the match on a counter attack when Carlos seemed to accidentally cross paths with Chapron.

The referee stumbled and fell to the turf, before appearing swinging his right boot at the Nantes player in an attempted kick. After the ensuing coming together, referee Chapron gave Carlos a second yellow card, before blowing for full-time three minutes later.

Angel Di Maria had scored before the break to lift PSG, who were without the injured Neymar and Thiago Motta, 11 points clear of second-placed Monaco, who could only manage a goalless draw at Montpellier on Saturday.

PSG had enjoyed most of the possession and were quickly ahead as Di Maria scored from inside the box after collecting a low cross from Edinson Cavani in the 12th minute.

The Argentinian international then went close to doubling the lead for his team eight minutes before the interval but his shot from close range hit the bar.

Nantes themselves had a good chance early in the second half but Alphone Areola made a fine save to deny Emiliano Sala.

Meanwhile, third-placed Lyon are behind Monaco on goal difference after a 1-1 home draw against relegation-threatened Angers, with Nabil Fekir cancelling out Karl Toko Ekambi’s opener from the spot. Angers finished with 10 men when Flavien Tait was sent off for a second bookable offence six minutes from time.