Unai Emery has called on Ligue 1 referees to do more to protect Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain star appeared to be targeted before his sending off against Marseille on Sunday.
Neymar was shown a second yellow card the space of two minutes in Le Classique for knocking down Lucas Ocampos after the Argentine fouled him by the halfway line.
It was by no means the first time the Brazilian had been on the end of a rash tackle from a Marseille player, with Marco Verratti saying after the game he would have snapped long before his team-mate.
Neymar will miss PSG’s home match with Nice on Friday through suspension, but that has not stopped Emery sending a clear message to Ligue 1 referees, despite speaking to the world-record signing about being provoked.
“He has to adapt to the league, to the team, to the referees,” Emery told reporters. “He is intelligent and he is aware that he will learn from Sunday’s game.
“Other players are aggressive with him, but it’s important that the referees handle that. I talked with him about it, not responding to provocations, but players are people. They can react if there is too much aggression.”