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Edinson Cavani penalty spat exaggerated: Neymar Senior

Many observers feel the issue could have been avoided had coach Unai Emery decided upon the matter ahead of time.

Published: 01st October 2017 06:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2017 06:04 PM   |  A+A-

The spat between Neymar and Edinson Cavani started two weeks ago in the 2-0 league win over Lyon when centre-forward Cavani insisted on taking a penalty. | AP

By AFP

PARIS: The struggle between Neymar and Edinson Cavani over who should take Paris Saint-Germain's penalties was blown out of all proportion, the Brazilian player's father said in an interview aired on French television Sunday.

Neymar converted a spot-kick impressively in Saturday's 6-2 win over Bordeaux and was immediately hugged by his Uruguayan teammate.

The spat started two weeks ago in the 2-0 league win over Lyon when centre-forward Cavani insisted on taking a penalty but then went on to miss it.

"The whole thing was exaggerated," Neymar senior said of the tide of media interest in the dressing room conflict that came to be known in France as 'Penaltygate'.

"We saw in the game against Bayern Munich that there is no problem at all," said the player's father.

Neymar Senior said that the incident was all part and parcel of his son 'leaving his comfort zone' at Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros transfer fee for the challenge of leading PSG.

Many observers feel the issue could have been avoided had coach Unai Emery decided upon the matter ahead of time.

"They are two very competitive players with their own individual objectives," Emery said at the time.

"Just after the match it was very emotional, so you can have conversations. People might call them disputes but they are normal and happen after practically every match."

After the Bordeaux win Emery hinted the issue was to be decided between the two players.

"For me the important thing with penalties is to score them," said the PSG coach. "The main thing is the two of them see the opportunity and they both can take penalties. The decision is down to those two.



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