RB Leipzig boss Marsch says ref for PSG game 'seemed like he wanted Neymar's autograph' and bemoans 'lack of respect'

RB LEIPZIG boss Jesse Marsch has accused referee Andreas Ekberg of acting like a fan towards Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.

Leipzig drew 2-2 with the French giants on Wednesday thanks to a late Dominik Szoboszlai penalty.

But Marsch claimed ref Ekberg seemed more interested in collecting autographs than dishing out fair decisions in the Champions League clash.

He said: “I have the impression that referees decide in favour of the big teams instead of the small ones.

"It’s hard to get respect from the refs. It seemed as if the referee wanted to get an autograph from Neymar."

Marsch picked up a first-half yellow for protesting against Ekberg’s decisions at the Red Bull Arena.

Christopher Nkunku gave the hosts an early lead in their Group A encounter before Andre Silva had a chance to double from the spot.

His penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma and PSG went on to take a 2-1 lead via a Georginio Wijnaldum brace.


Marsch revealed he left it to Silva and playmaker Emil Forsberg to decide who takes the spot kicks.

He added: “I usually decide two names before the match. This time I chose Forsberg and Silva. I said that Emil can decide.

"Silva seemed confident but missed unfortunately. But Donnarumma is also one of the best goalkeepers in the world."

With both Silva and Forsberg off, a late chance to equalise from the spot fell to sub Szoboszlai.

The Hungarian stepped up confidently to rescue a point for the hosts and revealed he did so despite some trash-talking from Neymar.

Szoboszlai said: "(Neymar) asked me: 'Are you going to score?'

“I said, 'Yes.' He said, 'Are you sure?' I told him: ‘I never miss!'"

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