PSG coach Tuchel hits out at Neymar after fan attack

Thomas Tuchel says his players must accept the defeat and "show respect".

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel (C) speaks to Neymar before extra-time in the French Cup final against Rennes.   -  Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel on Monday blasted Neymar for hitting a fan who insulted Paris Saint-Germain players as they filed up to collect their French Cup losers' medals.

A 28-year-old delivery driver from Nantes had been filming the PSG players and making less than flattering comments about them when a simmering Neymar grabbed the hand that held the mobile phone and shoved it towards the fan's face.

“I don't like it. You can't do that, you just can't do that,” Tuchel said of the incident, which was caught on video by fans at the Stade de France.

Neymar lashed out on Saturday after his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Rennes before losing the penalty shootout 6-5 after extra time.

“It's not easy to go up the steps after a defeat. It's very difficult for me, for everybody, but we have to accept it,” Tuchel added.

“If we lose, we have to show respect. You can't get into a fight with a spectator.”

The blow continued a bad-tempered end to the evening for PSG. Neymar's strike partner Kylian Mbappe was sent off for a dreadful tackle with two minutes left in extra-time.

The defeat ended PSG's four-year reign in the French Cup and means that, while it has retained the French league title, it has won none of the cups this season, with the most painful its exit at the last-16 stage of the Champions League to Manchester United.

“Did I act badly?” Neymar asked in an Instagram comment. “Yes. But no one can stay indifferent.”

Neymar is now awaiting punishment from France's football authorities to go along with the three-match ban UEFA slapped him with on Friday for his foul-mouthed tirade following PSG's defeat to United.

European football's governing body sanctioned the 27-year-old after he told match officials “to go fuck yourselves” following United's 3-1 second-leg win at the Parc des Princes, won by the Premier League side thanks to a controversial penalty awarded via the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

—Brazil media skewers Neymar for striking fan—

Neymar was branded a “coward” and “adolescent” by Brazilian media Monday after the superstar struck a fan who had insulted Paris Saint-Germain players following their French Cup final defeat.

“As if his endless failures, his lack of education, antipathy and superficiality were not enough, Neymar has now shown himself to be a coward,” Juca Kfouri wrote in the influential daily Folha of Sao Paulo.

“For all his talent, Neymar will never be equal to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. If he is happy that way, let him enjoy it.”

Another columnist for the same newspaper, Mathias Alencastro, said Neymar had turned into a “rebellious adolescent.”

Neymar “appears incapable of dealing with criticism, of dealing with frustrations,” wrote Marcelo Tieppo for the news site Terra.

“It might be comfortable for the Brazilian to continue in this fantasy world, but it would be better if the striker started to live in reality.”

The victim of the blow, named only as Edouard, a 28-year-old delivery driver from Nantes, denied he had insulted Neymar.

“I told him that they had been useless,” Edouard told French sports daily L'Equipe.

“When the players passed, Verratti, Buffon, I mocked them: 'You are worthless. Allez Rennes!'”

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