Paris St-Germain forward Neymar was told “don’t go blubbering” after he left the pitch in tears having suffered a fractured metatarsal.
Neymar was fouled three times in a few seconds by Moataz Zemzemi during PSG’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over Stasbourg.
The 26-year-old responded by doing a “rainbow flick” over the head of Zemzemi but had to come off injured.
“It’s Neymar’s style, but don’t come and complain when you get kicked,” said Strasbourg’s Anthony Goncalves.
“He is a great player, I respect him,” midfielder Goncalves said. “He can enjoy himself but don’t come blubbering afterwards.”
However, PSG manager Thomas Tuchel was unhappy with the comments by some of the Strasbourg players and coach suggesting Neymar’s behaviour provoked his opponents to cause the injury.
“It was a situation where he was fouled three times, one after the other. The referee didn’t give anything. He twisted his foot,” said Tuchel.
“Ney is worried, because it is the same foot, the same place.”
He is a great player, I respect him. He can enjoy himself but don’t come blubbering afterwards
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The former Barcelona forward, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions so far this season for the Ligue 1 leaders, injured the same ankle last February and missed the rest of the season, only returning to fitness in time to play for Brazil at the World Cup.
PSG said Neymar had suffered a “reactivation of the lesion of the fifth right metatarsal”, adding that treatment would depend on how the injury heals in the next few days.
Goals from Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria sealed the victory over Strasbourg.
Meanwhile, PSG midfielder Marco Verratti is already doubtful for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie at Manchester United on 12 February after suffering an ankle injury during the 9-0 win over Guingamp on Saturday.