The former Liverpool man was given his marching orders after a clash with the Brazilian and his managers were far from pleased with the officials.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has branded Paris Saint-Germain celebrity Neymar a”good actor” after Emre Can was shown a red card for fouling the Brazilian, with head trainer Lucien Favre also calling the expulsion”almost ridiculous”.
Dortmund went to the clash for an empty Parc des Princes with a 2-1 aggregate lead in the first leg in Signal Iduna Park, with many considering the existence of youthful prodigy Erling Haaland in the head of assault would observe that the Bundesliga side beyond their Ligue 1 competitions.
It wasn’t to be, but with Neymar opening the scoring with a nice header after losing his mark in the first half, while Juan Bernat incorporating a second just before the halfway mark was enough to ditch Dortmund from the Champions League.
One of the key flashpoints of this tie was the dismissal of May, however, who had been given his marching orders following a struggle on Neymar. Dortmund’s hierarchy talked about the incident after the game and were far from pleased with the choice.
“I believe that the red card was too intense,” Zorc told reporters. “Emre stood up to him and most of us know that Neymar is a fantastic actor — he showed that today.”
Favre added: “The dismissal was much too intense. Emre Can made just one little mistake and Neymar exaggerated it a bit. It is far too severe. Almost ridiculous.”
It can’t be said that PSG weren’t very good money for their triumph, however, and Zorc was fair in his assessment of a bad showing from his side in the French capital.
He explained: “We were far too benign when moving forward and we left it much too easy for Paris with all the goals we conceded.
“PSG didn’t need to make much of an attempt. We did not do enough on the pitch now, we did not work well at all. Too many players were out of shape. We hardly made an impression on the game. Paris was clearly more confident.”
Dortmund return to action with a headline clash against rivals Schalke on Saturday at the German top tier, while PSG play host to Nice on Sunday as they continue to dominate at the top of Ligue 1.