Neymar and Edinson Cavani’s two barnstorming spats over set-pieces made headlines at the weekend, but now it has emerged that there was a third row between the Paris Saint-Germain pair.
PSG beat Lyon 2-0 in Ligue 1 to make it six wins in a row but there were two petulant rows between Cavani and the big-spending club’s world-record signing Neymar as cracks started to show in the very expensively-assembled strike force.
Now, according to a report in French newspaper L’Equipe, the pair had an “altercation” and a “clash” in the PSG dressing room after the match as the set-pieces tiff further escalated.
The story reads:
“After the match, the Uruguayan told Neymar that he did not appreciate his attitude.
“The Brazilian became enraged and it took the intervention of his compatriot and captain, Thiago Silva, to avoid a physical confrontation between the two Parisian players.”
The report comes, of course, after the two clashes on the pitch…
Firstly, at a free-kick, Cavani tried to take a set-piece against Lyon but Dani Alves had another idea, shielding the ball before giving it to fellow summer signing, and fellow Brazilian, Neymar.
Secondly, and even more dramatically, Cavani was in the process of setting himself to take a penalty when Neymar tried to intervene and take it himself. Cavani subsequently saw his spot-kick saved.
It certainly seems that PSG boss Unai Emery already has a lot of work to do to restore a happy dressing room.