Neymar sends furious message after rules force him to miss French Cup final

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has railed against the French Football Federation after he was ruled out of the French Cup final with suspension.

Defending champions PSG overcame Montpellier on penalties in their semi-final on Wednesday.

This set up a Stade de France encounter with Monaco, who thrashed fourth-tier Rumilly Vallieres 5-1 in their own last-four clash.

Neymar converted his spot kick in PSG's shoot-out triumph, but saw his name taken by the referee for a foul just minutes after he came off the bench late in the second half.

The yellow card means the Brazilian will play no part in the Coupe de France final, much to his fury.

Neymar wrote in an Instagram story: "I would like to understand the reasoning of the guy who takes care of bookings in France!

"That deserves applause. What a mess."

The former Barcelona forward also took aim at referee Jeremie Pignard in another story, adding: "I play five minutes, I commit a foul and he gives me a yellow without even thinking.

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"Thank you for suspending me for the final. I think it was personal."

Neymar has been in brilliant form this season with 16 goals and 10 assists, but he has also been sent off twice in Ligue 1 and picked up a further five yellow cards in domestic competitions.

Explaining why the 29-year-old did not start against Montpellier, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "Neymar caught a cold, he had a cold and a little fever.

"He was not in the best conditions to start a match. If the game had been decided before, he would not have entered the game.

"But at 2-2, there were still a few minutes left, that’s why I put him in because we could go to penalties.

"That was one of the reasons why he was on the bench tonight, even if it’s a pity that he took a yellow card."

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