Ballsy Dani Alves dismisses red card criticism
Paris Saint-Germain full-back Dani Alves insisted on Monday he has the broad shoulders and "well-placed" balls to live with criticism over his dismissal against Lyon on Sunday.
Alves was sent off for dissent just before the hour mark of PSG’s 2-1 defeat in Lyon after a furious reaction to a free-kick decision that went against him.
The score was 1-1 at the time but former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay blasted home an injury time scorcher to consign the French Ligue 1 leaders to only their second defeat of the season.
But the veteran Brazil international was anything but contrite in an Instagram post accusing referee Clement Turpin of “hiding” from a mistake by sending him off.
“Since when is disagreement a lack of respect?” said Alves.
“If people want to blame me, they can, they’re free to do so.
“I have wide enough shoulders and a well-placed pair that always keep me on my feet!”
Alves’s post was accompanied by a photo of him angrily squaring up to Turpin, almost forehead to forehead.