Neymar escapes Champions League final ban for shirt swap after PSG semi final

Neymar will be allowed to play in the Champions League final on Sunday despite breaking coronavirus protocols.

The Brazil superstar was spotted swapping his shirt with RB Leipzig player with Marcel Halstenberg after Paris Saint-Germain beat the Germans 3-0 in the semi-final.

Goals from Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, and Juan Bernat sealed victory and PSG will now face Bayern Munich in the showpiece game on Sunday.

But there were doubts that Neymar would be allowed to feature after breaking coronavirus protocols with his shirt swap after the game.

Uefa's 31-page 'Return to play protocol', issued earlier this month, states: "Players are recommended to refrain from swapping their shirts."

It adds that non-compliance with the obligations "may lead to disciplinary measures in accordance with the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations."

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It had been reported before the return of the Champions League after lockdown that swapping shirts during the mini-tournament would result in a 12-day period of self-isolation.

But Uefa last night confirmed that they will not investigate the matter, meaning the world’s most expensive footballer will be able to take to the field for the final.

Neymar has endured a tough time in Paris since his £198million move from the Barcelona in 2017 but there is no doubting his talents.

And he will now be hoping to play a major part in helping the French champions to their first ever Champions League title.

The Brazilian won the trophy with Barcelona in 2015 but had not been past the quarter-final with PSG.

Indeed, the club seemed to have a mental block when it came to the latter stages of the competition, depsite their hugely talented squad.

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But a last gasp victory over Atalanta in the quarter-final meant they would get the chance to reach their first ever final with victory over Leipzig.

And so it proved as Neymar and co put on a masterclass to dispatch of the Germans on Tuesday night to set up a clash with Bayern.

Sunday’s final will be played at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

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