The fallout over the Mestalla water bottle incident during the final seconds of last weekend’s La Liga clash between Valencia and Barcelona continues.
Valencia have been fined 1500 euros for the incident while Barcelona have described a statement from the RFEF’s Competition Committee, in which the blame was pinned on their players’ behaviour, as “outrageous”.
Video footage showed Neymar goading the Valencia supporters in the moments after Lionel Messi’s match-winning penalty, although that’s obviously still no justifiable excuse for the crowd throwing objects towards the players.
The supporter who threw the bottle, incidentally, has confessed and expressed his remorse.
"I am the supporter that threw the bottle, yes, the one that hit the Barcelona players,” the fan said, per Marca. “From the moment it left my hand, I realised the seriousness of my mistake. I completely regret it, as it isn't an act that defines me as a person, nor does it define Valencia's great fanbase.
"When the penalty was given, I felt very impotent and upset at what had just occurred. When Messi scored and came to the north end to celebrate, I also saw how Neymar insulted and provoked all of those Valencia supporters that had supported the team until the end. At that moment, I saw a bottle lying on the ground, and on impulse picked it up and threw it at them.
"I ask Barcelona for forgiveness and also to my lifelong team, who I will continue to support until the end of my days."
Video: Neymar's comment to Valencia fans
Spanish TV - several days after it was revealed that Messi had blasted the Valencia fans with some X-rated language following the water bottle incident - have now revealed what Neymar said in the moments before the object was thrown.
New footage showing a different angle has emerged - courtesy of Cuatro - and it shows that Neymar said: “¡Vete a tomar por culo!”
If you don’t speak Spanish, that sentence translates to, ahem… “Take it up your a**”.
Neymar was pushing his luck, to be fair, with that comment.
Neymar is currently in London
The Brazilian has allowed the dust to settle back in Spain this week by flying out to visit friends in London.
He has also been spotted hanging out with the likes of Tinie Tempah and Wilfried Zaha.
That won’t bother Barcelona boss Luis Enrique too much, although this photo of him holding a burger and some chips probably won’t go down well with this meticulous manager.
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