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Neymar should have been sent off against Real Madrid, says Michael Owen

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Michael Owen slams referee for refusing to send off Neymar for blatant dive
Referee Gianluca Rocchi should have sent Neymar off (Picture: EPA)

Neymar should have been sent off against Real Madrid after a blatant dive, according to Michael Owen.

Confusion reigned in the Bernabeu when the referee gave a free-kick for Real after Neymar had gone down in the box under a challenge from Casemiro.

Referee Gianluca Rocchi clearly ruled for simulation, but Neymar was not shown a yellow for diving.

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Neymar was already on a yellow having been booked in the first half for a nasty tackle on Nacho and should have been made to watch the remainder of the match in the dressing room.

But, the referee decided against brandishing a second yellow, despite rules stating he must caution Neymar if he rules for simulation.

Fans were baffled on social media by the decision and Owen ripped into the referee’s character after the game.

Michael Owen slams referee for refusing to send off Neymar for blatant dive
Neymar was booked earlier in the game (Picture: EPA)
Michael Owen slams referee for refusing to send off Neymar for blatant dive
(Picture: REUTERS)

‘A couple of players were lucky to stay on the pitch,’ Owen said on BT Sport.

‘Neymar, a blatant dive, the referee spotted it and didn’t have the courage to send him off.

‘The referee spotted it, I thought it was an automatic yellow card but obviously not.’

Michael Owen slams referee for refusing to send off Neymar for blatant dive
Neymar dived to try and win a penalty (Picture: Getty)
Michael Owen slams referee for refusing to send off Neymar for blatant dive
(Picture: Getty)

Neymar will be available for the second leg, but Paris Saint-Germain have a mountain to climb after losing the first leg 3-1.

The Ligue 1 giants do however have a precious away goal to build on and fans will be hoping Neymar can put in a big performance in the second leg in Pairs after a disappointing display in Madrid.

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