Football: Uefa open probe into Neymar's foul-mouthed ref rant after Champions League exit

Paris Saint Germain's Neymar in the stands during the Champions League round of 16 match between PSG and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on March 6, 2019.
Paris Saint Germain's Neymar in the stands during the Champions League round of 16 match between PSG and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on March 6, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NYON, SWITZERLAND (AFP) - Uefa have opened disciplinary proceedings on Neymar after his foul-mouthed outburst about referees following Paris Saint-Germain's controversial Champions League exit to Manchester United last week, the governing body announced on Wednesday (March 13).

The injured Brazil forward launched into a diatribe on Instagram against the match officials shortly after the defeat.

He watched on incredulously from the sidelines at the Parc des Princes as United were awarded a stoppage-time penalty for a debatable handball via the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

Marcus Rashford crashed home the spot kick to give the Premier League side a last-gasp 3-1 win that saw them move into the quarter-finals on away goals.

"It's a disgrace. They get four guys who don't understand football to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV ... Go f*** yourselves!" Neymar wrote in Portuguese on the social media website.

The 27-year-old was so reportedly enraged he had to be restrained by PSG staff to stop him entering their dressing room.

"A disciplinary investigation has been initiated ... in connection with the comments made on social media by the Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar following the above-mentioned match," Uefa said in a statement.

If found guilty Neymar risks punishment ranging from a fine to suspension.