Neymar faces legal action from Rennes fan after clash in April
Last Updated: 09/08/19 6:24pm
The Rennes supporter who appeared to be hit in the face by Neymar last season has filed a lawsuit against the Paris Saint-Germain forward.
The fan's lawyer, Philippe Ohayon, told L'Equipe that his client, whose identity has not been revealed, decided to take legal action after a meeting between members of Neymar's entourage and the alleged victim failed to ease tensions.
Neymar was given a three-game ban for lashing out at the fan following a loss in the French Cup final in April.
As the Brazilian star made his way up the stairs of the Stade de France to receive his runners-up medal after Rennes beat PSG 6-5 on penalties in the final at the Stade de France, he appeared to push away a phone being used to film him.
Neymar then exchanged words with the owner of the phone before appearing to strike him in the face.
In a separate case, a Brazilian judge accepted a recommendation from prosecutors Thursday to close the investigation of Neymar on a rape allegation on the grounds of there being a lack of evidence against him.
A woman had accused Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May. Neymar denied the accusation and said his relations with the woman were consensual.